AEW has emerged as quite the competition for WWE following their first official pay-per-view entitled Double or Nothing. According to a number of reports, AEWs debut show did some fantastic box office numbers while WWE has been suffering with low ticket sales at Stomping Grounds last weekend and record low attendance numbers this week at Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.
AEW’s Fyter Fest takes place this weekend and is a show that hasn’t been hyped as much as Double or Nothing or All Out, so it could be an interesting test for AEW to see if they can still pull the same numbers.
The company’s first show took a number of shots at WWE, with Cody Rhodes destroying Triple H‘s throne before Sami Zayn seemingly responded by mentioning AEW on WWE TV a few days later.
Many of WWE’s current superstars have been outspoken about wanting to join AEW on Social Media, while others have blasted the fact that current and former WWE stars are openly dissing WWE now that they have the AEW option.
There are obviously issues between WWE’s higher-ups and AEW since the company is now looking to sign all stars to five-year contracts to prevent them from moving to their competition but when it comes to actual superstars it doesn’t seem as though many have genuine issues with this new brand of competition.
Interestingly, Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer recently revealed that while there isn’t any significant heat between AEW and WWE talents, but there is some heat and it will only get worse in time.
AEW will join TNT in the fall which is when their weekly programming will begin, while WWE’s appointments of Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff as executive directors earlier today prove that the company is preparing themselves for another wrestling war.