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Hall Of Famer Names An Issue That AEW Might Face While Competing With WWE

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (May 16, 1994) – WWF Monday Night RAW

On this day in 1994, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.

It was broadcasted from the Green Mountain State in Burlington, Vermont and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 1994’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Sparky Plugg

2. Diesel vs. Mike Moraldo

3. Owen Hart vs. Tony Roy

4. Sumo Match: Earthquake vs. Yokozuna

• Hall Of Famer Names An Issue That AEW Might Face While Competing With WWE

During a recent interview with Interactive Wrestling Radio, WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts talked about All Elite Wrestling’s TV deal with TNT, an issue that AEW might face while competing with WWE & more.

Below are the highlights:

On AEW getting a TV deal:

“Oh, huge. They needed to create a buzz to kick it off and make a splash. They’re going to do it. They’re going to make that splash. How they follow it up is going to be key. If they don’t follow it up with something good, then it is over. They’re spending big money and the guy has got deep pockets so the hope is they’ll bring wrestling back around and become competition with McMahon. That would be the best thing that could happen.”

On an issue that AEW might face while competing with WWE:

“But, the problem is the talent. There isn’t a huge talent pool like there used to be. A lot of guys today are cookie cutter types. They’re not characters. They don’t know how to do it yet. That is the bad part about Vince’s machine. His machine creates new talent all the time. But, the talent never gets to grow and become something to where they’re unique. They’re all built at that Performance Center. The guys learn a bunch of moves and that’s it. As far as doing interviews, they don’t do their own interviews. It is all written and scripted stuff.

When you’re doing scripted stuff, the character is not there and the people see through it. They realize these guys are just reading. The fans want more. They deserve more. But, whenever Vince started this whole thing up and killed all the territories, that was the breeding ground for the talent. So, there it went. It is hard to learn how to wrestle working once or twice a week. You can’t do it. You’ve got to go out there 5, 6, and 7 nights a week to polish it, to get it where it is second nature. That is what these guys are missing.”

On how the WWE Network has helped him:

“I think with Vince putting it out there all the time with the WWE Network, it creates new fans of that era. I go to Comic Cons all the time and there are kids there that are 8 and 9 years old and they want my autograph and I say, ‘Wait a minute, you weren’t even born yet when I was wrestling.’ They’re like, ‘Yeah, but we watched you do this and you on that.’ I’m really grateful for it (The Network) man. It’s given me another career.”

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