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10 Ways AEW Has Revolutionised Pro Wrestling

The fuse for change.

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All Elite Wrestling isn't a perfect professional wrestling company.

The win/loss rankings hold up to scrutiny, but this is mostly from an estimate, and perhaps generously so. The definition of a "quality" win is hazy, and that it is limited to a top five doesn't necessarily tell us what we haven't learned by paying attention to the top programmes. It's a nice visual reminder that puts over the otherwise elusive "league" aspect we were promised in the original TNT press release. It's limited to the presentation of the company; wrestling is wrestling and grudges and trash-talk will always drive it, but AEW could and perhaps should use the win/loss rankings as a narrative device. A traceable dip in form might compel a desperate, fading wrestler to turn heel, for instance. That real sports feel is missing, not that there isn't enough to differentiate AEW as a real alternative.

The Women's division continues to not warrant the Elite descriptor. The lack of focus is most damning; limited to one segment a week, most weeks, it's incredibly difficult for an act to build momentum. There's an almost patronising your-turn quality to it confounded by a further stop/start issue brought on by scheduling of the talent's diaries.

It is not, however, far away, through restoration as much as revolution...

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