8 Things That Still Make No Sense About AEW
Amongst the hype and praise, there are still elements of AEW that simply aren't clicking.
It's 17 months since All Elite Wrestling was officially formed, just over a year since that first Double or Nothing PPV, and nearly nine months since AEW Dynamite aired its first episode.
For wrestling fans, AEW has been a hugely welcome addition to an industry that had become largely monopolised by the all-encompassing grip of Vince McMahon's WWE. A new wrestling company? Backed by a billionaire? With executive involvement from those with a wrestling background? And the promise of providing a genuine alternative to WWE? This was what we'd all been crying out for.
Across the board, AEW has managed to hit so many home runs throughout its fledgling lifespan. Despite the promotion's numerous successes though, there are still some elements of the AEW product that don't quite make sense or have viewers scratching their head and wondering whether AEW is fully living up to what we all hoped the company would be.
None of these are problems and issues that can't be rectified, of course, yet here are some examples of things that simply don't quite click about the product put on by All Elite Wrestling...
8. Dropping Storylines Cold
We can all agree, Brandi Rhodes' Nightmare Collective just wasn't working. Regardless of how much the commentary team tried to put over Brandi, Mel, Awesome Kong, and Dr. Luther, this group constantly served as a turn-off for most viewers.
To the immense credit of AEW higher-ups, they realised that the Nightmare Collective wasn't clicking, and so the idea was made to pull the group. Likewise, the trio of The Butcher, The Blade, and The Bunny wasn't connecting in any real way - largely down to how Butcher and Blade have rarely won a TV match since landing in AEW.
Realising what works and what doesn't work is key to professional wrestling, which is part of the reason why so many wrestling fans have become disillusioned with the WWE product over recent years. Regardless of whether something is connecting with an audience or not, Vince McMahon usually carries on with his intended plan regardless.
The issue with All Elite Wrestling though, is that the company has just outright dropped storylines or groups with no explanation. It's great to not have to see the Nightmare Collective on our TV screens, but it would've been nice to have had a segment or two to show the dismantling of this group. And just why exactly has The Bunny reverted back to Allie and appeared at the side of QT Marshall? Again, there has been zero explanation for this, with Allie's ties to Butcher and Blade dropped on a dime.