10 Best Times AEW Threw Shade At WWE

Petty war crimes.


The mere existence of All Elite Wrestling is hilarious on a karmic level because it should not exist. By rights, AEW should not exist.

WWE held a grotesque monopoly over an industry effectively unparalleled in the free market. WWE is a synonym of professional wrestling. WWE has the resources to crush even the faintest ember of competition and did, for a long while.

What's more amusing, at least to those whose intelligence has been ruthlessly insulted by WWE over the years, is that AEW exists now as almost a complete riposte to WWE. They studied the competition and succeeded to an extent not seen in decades by simply doing the opposite: unscripted promos, clean wins only, managers, varied styles, stables, creative control, booking the very young and the grizzled vets alike...


The entire M.O. of AEW - in addition to much of its roster being made to feel like useless meat puppets by WWE - of course lends itself to the odd dig.

What is rarely mentioned is that WWE threw shade at AEW before AEW even ran its first show. Triple H referred to it as a "pissant company" in DX's 2019 Hall of Fame speech. Mere months later, AEW slaughtered his NXT in the ratings battle.

You hate to see it.

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Former Power Slam Magazine scribe and author of Development Hell: The NXT Story - available NOW on shop.whatculture.com!