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Jim Ross Explains Why Fans Stopped Watching After The Attitude Era, Says AEW Can’t Compete With WWE

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– Davey Boy Smith vs. Scott Moretti

– The Natural Disasters vs. Koko B. Ware & Bob Frazier

– Jim Duggan vs. Mike Starr

– Ted DiBiase vs. Mike Wayne

– IRS vs. Scott Carlson

– Mr. Perfect vs. Larry Ludden

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• Jim Ross Explains Why Fans Stopped Watching After The Attitude Era, Says AEW Can’t Compete With WWE

During a recent appearance on the Steve Austin Show podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross talked about his last WWE appearance, Attitude Era, AEW & more.

Below are the highlights:

On his last WWE show being a Saudi Arabia PPV (Greatest Royal Rumble 2018):

“I was in the country of Saudi Arabia for about three hours. It took me about three days to get there, I slept in a bed about six hours, got a great payday, the [Prince] requested [Jerry] Lawler and me.

They put us on the pregame show and the prayer hour show. Steve, I’m sure you are familiar with the religious practices of the Saudis, we had to stop wrestling but we could do the prayer show, I felt like Jimmy Swaggart or somebody.

We wrapped it up and went straight to the airport. We were watching people in civilian clothes carrying machine guns over their shoulder, you don’t know who the good guys are, and the bad guys are. Thank goodness I was wearing that hat. That’s the international peacemaker.”

On why fans stopped watching after the Attitude Era:

“They lost interest, and nothing changed. There was nothing new, nothing fresh and they lost interest. It was the same thing… I’m not knocking Monday Night Raw, but they are always going to get the first knock because they are the biggest dog in the yard.”

On if AEW can compete with WWE:

“I get a kick out of these armchair analysts saying AEW is going to be competition, are you kidding me? Maybe someday, but WWE has such a long head start ahead of everybody, they have the global footprint, they are a publicly traded company, they got money, nobody is going to catch WWE and it shouldn’t be anybody’s goal, it sure in the hell isn’t mine.”

On Social Media being very important for AEW’s growth:

“Social media is going to be a big part of what we do. That’s the great thing about the Young Bucks, they have a great social media following, they sell a lot of merchandise. They remind me of you [Austin] because they are very ambitious. They are always coming up with different designs.

It is going to take time; you hear the Khan family doesn’t have the money to see this thing out. Trust me, they have the money to carry it out. Now, whether they get into this and two years out they are bleeding money, they may make a business decision. I do know they are in it for the long hall, the foundation is there.”

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