AEW’s latest backstage fight: Sammy Guevara vs. Andrade

Another backstage performance for AEW: This time between Andrade and Sammy Guevara.

Another backstage performance for AEW: This time between Andrade and Sammy Guevara.
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We can say that the honeymoon is over.

AEW has been able to get a lot of shine since he was a rookie boy. It offered something different, which most people had never seen before, and simply its novelty attracted a lot of viewers. The company extended that honeymoon, that passionate period, by becoming an oasis for wrestlers who fancied The Other. felt that we didn’t get to see the best on the biggest stage. However, in the end it turns out, the arrival of Malakai Black, Miro, Andrade, Ruby Soho, CM Punk and others feels like a big deal. It makes AEW feel like this Royal Palace of Oz, some glorious quaintness in a very foreign land (and wrestling is a very strange land).

There are those who will tell you that the spotlight, the spotlight of a company simply showcasing new performers can only last so long. That is a question. Back in the days in the territory, a big feature was that the surprise was revealed, even if only for one night. It’s a core part of wrestling and will likely continue for the duration of AEW’s existence. It won’t be that often, but we’ll likely be watching wrestlers go head-to-head between the two adults for a long time.

But the allure of being a company that is always opening up new toys will fade, and already have. And that coincides with the feeling that AEW is simply out of control. It’s not entirely fair, because Latest report on the fight backstage Andrade-Sammy Guevara yesterday makes it sound more like a product of Andrade being an asshole than a symptom of lawlessness throughout the company.

The perception of chaos in AEW versus the reality of chaos in AEW is not the same. But which problem is bigger?

The overall theme that runs through it all is just that, for the most part, AEW fans just want AEW to exist. While the discussion of TV ratings and merchandise sales and demographics is always heightened by the arrival of a real second wrestling company on television, they are, in essence, just one. status check. Fantasies of AEW scoring higher than WWE, which they came to within a while by a number of measures, most of which are fanciful. It’s false courage, intended to cover up fans’ (and possibly AEW’s) insecurities about its long-term sustainability. Deep down, most AEW fans will tell you that all they want is for AEW to be there.

The uproar over the latest shenanigans in AEW is that they flew in the face of what the company presented itself as for the first two and a half years it was around. It was the Happy Place. It was the place wrestlers came to fulfill what they couldn’t anywhere else, whether it was the money they couldn’t make on the indies or the exposure and push they couldn’t get in WWE. Everyone was having the time of their lives, everyone was excited about what was possible. There was harmony.

And it seemed like it was gone in a flash. There were whispers and buzz for a month or two that some were not happy with their role and place on the roster. And then it all exploded around CM Punk, things tend to do. What Tony Khan is learning, we hope, is that you can’t be a place where everyone always gets what they want. Because there is not enough to go around. And people who are promised everything tend to get pretty angry when they don’t get it (unless it’s Punk, who gets everything he wants and then gets upset again). Disappointment appears, jealousy appears, bitterness appears, that’s what we have seen.

This isn’t really that different from most workplaces. And to be fair, Khan didn’t have much of a choice. The fact that he has a huge list of more than three hours of TV that can meet weekly is how he and AEW can not only survive but thrive in a summer without Punk, Kenny Omega, MJF, Jon Moxley, FTR by choice. Having that reserve of talent is crucial. What would AEW be like now if it didn’t have that during the summer? What will be on TV?

But holding on to that reserve has its complications, as Khan and the rest of us are learning after last night. This will probably be a constant component of AEW now, just like in WWE. Or it can run a thin enough list, just enough for three hours of TV and a few extras for YouTube and just pray no one gets hurt.

But the big question is whether this kind of volatility jeopardizes AEW’s future, and likely does not. AEW has a core audience that will always bring a bare minimum to Warner Brothers Discovery, and it’s hard to imagine what those 700,000 to 1 million viewers will lose each week. No matter who’s around, no matter who’s not around, AEW still hosts four or five great matches a week, which is everything the fans want.

But if the higher-ups at WBD want to go beyond that and dictate that audiences have to grow beyond the dedicated ones, the perception that everything is a goddamn mess will matter. There’s a fan base no matter how big it’s going to be hard to stick to if it feels like the whole thing will fall apart like a flan in the cupboard in just a few months. People don’t want to be WCW anymore.

For die-hard AEW fans, the behind-the-scenes carnage is just the price of the business and part and parcel of the business. No one likes to hear about a toxic or even nasty workplace, but AEW fans have enough online to read all the reports about how harmonious things have been since Punk and The Elite. suspended. Ultimately, those who are making excuses not to watch AEW will use these incidents as an excuse to do so. Is that audience large enough for AEW to keep growing the patella? Maybe, but it’s more than likely that the company’s penchant for producing the matches everyone talks about of the day will be successful.


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