On a recent episode of his weekly ‘Kliq This’ podcast, WWF/WCW Legend Kevin Nash spoke about Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling and stated that match types like the ‘Blood & Guts’ match is one of the reasons why they can’t grow their audience.
A good part of the so called ‘smart marks’, ‘internet fans’ and ‘hardcore fans’ are usually watching AEW on a regular basis, but – as stated by many sources – the company still fails to attract many casual fans or bring back any old school WWF/WCW/ECW fans from back in the day.
Here’s what Big Daddy Cool had to say about the AEW ‘Blood & Guts’ match (their version of War Games):
“I think that’s what you do. What you do when you allow that much blood and that much spot fest, you paint yourself into a certain demographic that’s going to watch that program.
They haven’t grown that audience. There’s a reason why they’re not growing the audience, while in the meantime, WWE is doing some really nice ratings.”
Nash is referring to the fact that a recent Roman Reigns (Trial of The Tribal Chief) segment on SmackDown drew over 3 million viewers on TV in the US, which is unheard of these days.
After famous runs with the World Wrestling Federation / WWE (1993-1996, 2002-2003 & 2011) and Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (1990-1993 & 1996-2001), Kevin Nash was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as himself (2015) and again as a member of the new World order (2021).
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