WWE Hall Of Famer, Booker T recently discussed whether or not he believes AEW will end up being legitimate competition for WWE moving forwards. Booker discussed the situation on the latest edition of his podcast, and below are some highlights with a H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.
On WWE possibly having an edgier product:
“I was reading earlier today and I saw that the caption of the WWE is getting rid of the PG Era and getting ready to take their gloves off again. I don’t know where the PG Era really came in or why the PG Era came in when the ratings back in the day was 3.1, 3.4, and to get 3.5 million people watching you daily is huge; it’s a monster,” said Booker. “So, then we went away from that the ratings took a dip. I say, let’s go back to what is working and that is to go out there and giving the fans what we saw on Monday night’s show. That show was fast paced. It delivered and it made you want to watch next week’s product as well. Let’s get out of this PG Era and move into the PG-13 Era.”
“It’s definitely going to be competition. It’s definitely going to make one think totally different as far as the way you put a show on,” revealed Booker. “I think before when you were relying on different people writing the shows – from different walks of life like sitcoms, movies, or what not – that is cool and all but I truly believe that there are no greater minds to put together storylines than the wrestlers who actually did it. Those guys should be the producers to go into that war room and bring up ideas.
“Me personally, you rely on that experience as opposed to go outside the box to find that experience. For example, the existence of Paul Heyman. I don’t think you can go outside and find someone from the soap opera life [like Heyman]. They’ve been great at writing General Hospital for the last 30 years and you want to bring in him into pro wrestling and say that maybe he can bring ideas? If he’s never done pro wrestling and never been part of that world he’s going to be totally lost.”