Who will come out on top in the battle between WWE and AEW?
On one side, you have the behemoth that is WWE. They have been around since the early 1980s and are a well-oiled machine when it comes to professional wrestling. On the other side, you have AEW – a company that is backed by billionaire Tony Khan and has already made waves in the wrestling world with its innovative approach to the sport.
So, who will come out on top and sit atop the imagery ladder in the world of professional wrestling?
The battle was always on
The battle between WWE and AEW is one that has been brewing for months now.
It all started when AEW was first announced and people began to wonder if they would be able to compete with WWE. Then, when AEW held their first event, Double or Nothing, it was clear that they were a force to be reckoned with.
Naturally, the two companies continue to fight against each other for TV ratings, live event attendance, and social media engagement, whilst there has since been a number of former WWE stars working for AEW following the release of their previous contracts.
The AEW has been rather successful in luring ex-talent from the WWE, with influential superstars such as Chris Jericho, Paul Wight (Big Show), Mark Henry, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose), and even CM Punk has all been a part of the promotion since it was formed, whilst there have been a plethora of others to have performed, too.
Cody Rhodes was one of the first to join the new promotion, however he has since decided that it would be best to return to the WWE and made his awaited return at WrestleMania 38 back in April 2022.
Fans remain divided
Since then, the two companies have been engaged in a war of words, with each side taking shots at the other, whilst it seems there have been some split opinions between fans about which is better.
If you continue to check out the sports blogs that have been created regarding professional wrestling, everyone appears to have an opinion about both the WWE and the AEW.
Some will argue that because the WWE has not had any real competition – aside from the best attempts of TNA Impact and WCW in the past – for a couple of decades, the product that they provide has become a little stale in places, and creativity behind the storylines that are written have since dropped off.
Nonetheless, given the longevity that Vince McMahon’s company has had since it was formed, there are a number of hardcore WWE fans around that will continue to swear by the company and believe that it can edge out and oversee the challenge from AEW.
Those that have begun to follow AEW may feel that they are getting a new product and wrestling experience as the promotion has continued to try and be as innovative as possible since entering the industry, although there will be some that will be critical of the direction it is heading, with some likely questioning certain aspects.
Again, there are fans in the world that will argue that it is just WWE 2.0, as so many former superstars are now on the AEW roster because of their name and reputation, rather than perhaps some of the more exciting and upcoming wrestlers on the indy scene at the moment.
How will the battle end?
Naturally, there will be many that will be interested in seeing what happens to both companies within the professional wrestling industry. Will the fact that now the WWE has some legitimate competition push them to be better and return to a time where they were the undisputed No. 1 promotion? Will AEW be able to continue to challenge the WWE and be able to compete alongside them?
Of course, fans of professional wrestling – regardless of their allegiances – will hope that the sport will be able to benefit as a result of the competition, as this will only help to improve the overall experience that is offered, whilst also potentially attracting newer viewers and fans, too!