Though he never mentioned AEW by name, Vince McMahon went on some wild tangents today (Jul. 25) on WWE’s second quarter investors call.
Like McMahon didn’t just bring up what he labeled as “new competition” or “potential competitor” once, but multiple times throughout the call.
Vince McMahon said WWE's product will be a bit edgier going forward. He made it clear they are not going to do things as they did the Attitude Era or do blood and mentioned a "potential competitor." It's a more sophisticated product according to him.— John Canton (@johnreport) July 25, 2019
What would a more sophisticated WWE product even look like? Also, how does McMahon define sophistication for his brand of pro wrestling?
McMahon would go on to mention what TNT, home to AEW, might think of blood on TV.
VKM cites competition as being good, but hopes that the new competition won't do the "blood and guts and gory things" they have been doing. I can't speak for TNT, but I don't think they would put up with that." #WWEQ2— Wrestling Observer (@WONF4W) July 25, 2019
Even during the Attitude Era, it wasn’t like Monday Night Raw and Monday Nitro featured wrestlers bleeding all over the place every single week.
If nothing else, it looks AEW is forcing WWE to shake a few things up. Still PG but edgier, how much do you think WWE will really change once AEW begins to air on TNT?