Cody Rhodes admitted this week that using AEW as a way of avenging WCW for losing the Monday Night War has crossed his mind.
This past Thursday, we found out a little more about what to expect from All Elite Wrestling. Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and the rest of the fledgling promotion gathered at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. That is exactly where AEW's first ever PPV will take place this May, Double Or Nothing.
The biggest revelation was that of Kenny Omega. Ever since The Cleaner revealed that he would not be renewing his deal with New Japan, there has been non-stop speculation about where he might end up next. WWE reportedly did all that it could to tempt him back to the company, but it turns out Omega was always destined for AEW. The former IWGP Heavyweight Champion has signed a full-time deal with the company.
Another interesting tidbit from Thursday night's proceedings came when Rhodes was talking with media after the ticket announcement party. Wrestling Inc reports Rhodes was asked whether he would be using WCW as inspiration for AEW. Surprisingly, the American Nightmare admitted that avenging what WWE did to WCW almost 20 years ago is in the back of his mind.
Rhodes described the thought of using AEW to compete with WWE as romantic. "Dusty Rhodes feuded with Vince McMahon, and he lost, and here is his youngest son who is going to go and try to cut Vince's head off," he told the media. However, Rhodes admitted that the thought was not one others at AEW share. "WCW was friggin' awesome. What AEW is going to be is a whole separate animal."
While there are positive lessons those in charge at AEW can take from WCW, there are a lot of pitfalls WCW fell foul of that All Elite will want to avoid. Plus, as we have learned from other promotions since the fall of WCW, trying to compete/be the same as WWE will leave you destined to fail. You need to give fans an alternative to WWE if you want to succeed. It may be early days, but that appears to be the mindset held by the powers that be at AEW.