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10 Things AEW MUST Achieve Over The Next Five Years

How AEW Dynamite can score higher ratings - Kenny Omega, new gimmick matches, NJPW partnership!

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All Elite Wrestling has roared into life as legitimate, demo-chasing, head-turning competition.

It is the epicentre of professional wrestling conversation, whether that manifests as euphoric praise or, in the absence of WWE inspiring any new debates worthy of everybody's time, pedantic flash-take criticisms. It's where the buzz is, ultimately, and AEW has a real knack of generating it most weeks.

Kenny Omega, as it turns out, dressed like a scrub on purpose to resonate more like a star when he made the decision to turn stardom on like it was a faucet. This long, long-term vision and sheer audacity best exemplifies AEW's ability to reward its fanbase and get the pro wrestling world talking. That Kenny Omega wore a barely suppressed smirk in the face of criticism, and answered it with the sudden impact of his own V-Trigger, builds yet more trust in a process that simply can't be doubted headed into 2021. This is a company that rehabbed the ailing Miro and Matt Hardy in the same match at Winter Is Coming.

AEW has accomplished much already. The O.G. Elite are all gilded stars after many dummies were spat at their presentation early on. The TV ratings and PPV buys remain very impressive, as fans evidently are drawn to rising, needle-moving stars like Darby Allin, MJF and Dr. Britt Baker. The immaculate presentation of the Jon Moxley character in itself acts as evidence that AEW is a legit alternative.

But there's more to be done...

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