At WWE’s recent Q2 Earnings Conference Call, WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon addressed a topic that the public thought he would never touch on and that is none other than All Elite Wrestling.
What he said about All Elite Wrestling is something quite interesting and it really had the public, as well as AEW Executives, talking. When asked about All Elite Wrestling, Vince McMahon said that AEW is an overly violent “blood and guts” promotion and he can’t imagine that TNT will put up with that kind of content.
Vince McMahon then addressed WWE’s product moving forward. He said that they have moved on from having blood and guts on their programming and that WWE will not be going back to the attitude era.
There were people within AEW that didn’t take Vince McMahon’s comments in the right way and lightly as he must have not heard what AEW President Tony Khan said about the company’s plans of not having the fans be able to see blood and guts when they premiere on TNT.
Dave Meltzer noted on a recent edition of The Wrestling Observer Radio Program that he heard people talking in the advertising world about how Vince McMahon’s comments may have been a dirty trick to give advertisers the impression that AEW is the old wrestling that advertisers would stay away from.
This is what Dave Meltzer said: “At the stock conference on Thursday, Vince was trying to categorize them as blood and guts wrestling…” “The belief in the advertising community is that Vince was trying to bury them with that they are doing that wrestling that you’re not supposed to advertise on.”
“Some people say that’s a dirty trick but that’s Vince. You’re in a war with Vince, that’s what Vince is gonna do. People in the advertising community that talked to me [said] ‘what a dirty trick.’ But it’s a wrestling war [but] yea in the real world, that’s a pretty low trick but it’s a wrestling war and both sides are gonna have to figure out. That’s how Vince is gonna react. Some people think it was telling that he even brought it up in that realm but he was kind of asked about it too.”