It's okay for something not to be box fresh in professional wrestling.
Of all the countless criticisms levied at Monday Night Raw, one isn't that they're doing things they've done countless times before. If anything, it's the opposite - Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard were in control of some of the finest pro wrestling television ever and it remains a weekly annoyance that the former's increasingly erratic style has butchered some of that legacy. Where is the energy and excitement of whatever version of the product people found at various times when it was genuinely thrilling?
Much of AEW's early booking successes have come from those with influence leaning on the stories and territories they've loved. Triple H's best years as NXT booker saw him meld all he loved about the simplistic style of NWA title fights and inject them with the Sports Entertainment philosophies he'd become ingrained with since before joining the family business formally in the mid-2000s.
The rules are as archaic as those spouting them too - seven years, seven months or seven weeks - if something's so good that it can be borrowed and tweaked to suit, then do just that. Rip-offs suck, but homages and tributes can sometimes soar as high as the original...
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Nash).
Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.