"If you look at the gory self-mutilation that bloodied several women in the December 31 event on TNT, it quickly becomes clear that these are very different businesses."
WWE statement to the Toronto Star, January 15, 2022
Are WWE and AEW very different businesses?
Yes and no. The definitions of sports entertainment and professional wrestling are debated endlessly, but they're effectively synonymous. One promotion uses the former in a harebrained bid to disassociate the general public from what it actually is, despite featuring the word 'Wrestling' in its company name, where the other promotion strategically embraces the definition of wrestling in a reaction to WWE disavowing it.
The above statement was complete bullsh*t, of course, because Vince McMahon is an inveterate hypocrite. He pissed and moaned about WCW using the blade when he felt the heat of competition, gigged himself f*cking stupid at Survivor Series 2003 when that promotion was cold in the ground, and is now pissing and moaning about AEW using the blade because he feels the heat of competition once again. The words in the statement were meaningless, but the defensive tone is beyond telling.
AEW squashed NXT 1.0 and is treating NXT 2.0 like it is Hiro Matsuda on Hulk Hogan's first day of training.
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