With some significant happenings in recent weeks and months, is AEW having issues again?
Losing someone like CM Punk may be seen as addition by subtraction. But not every departure could be seen as the removal of drama.
Recently QT Marshall resigned from the company, citing he and the company moving in different directions.
Jade Cargill was seen as a rising star in wrestling. But when her AEW contract ran out, she couldn’t sign with WWE fast enough.
And it isn’t even all about talent coming and going.
With Punk in WWE, some have suggested his arrival could really make the RAW television rights negotiations interesting fast.
Specifically, it’s been reported that Warner-Discovery are interested in RAW for one of it’s channels, possibly TNT.
If you’ve been paying attention…Tony Khan has been working with WBD for an extended period of time to lock down the AEW television deal.
However, if they are in on Monday Night RAW…surely they couldn’t do both (typically, WWE contracts have some manner of clause that would forbid that).
Meaning…WWE might snake a TV deal out from under AEW.
So we ask…
Is AEW Having Issues Again?
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, he’s been hearing from a lot of people in and around the company.
From those conversations, he’s been told the mood is not good within the company.
The less than jolly mood at this time of year is a bit surprising, as the company is reported to be in good financial shape, bringing in more money than ever.
In spite of business being good, and with additions like Adam Copeland and likely other recently released WWE talents, some AEW talents aren’t thrilled.
Or, that’s what the rumblings say.
If true, it can’t be easy to see someone who was said to be poison then head back to WWE and do incredible numbers right away.
Or to lose home grown talent.
Still, this may all be overblown, but potentially losing the TV deal might not make anyone happy.