• WarnerMedia Upset With WWE’s Recent Shot At AEW
The Toronto Star recently posted a story looking at the competition between WWE and AEW in Canada.
They revealed that the average viewership for SmackDown in Canada on Sportsnet360 was 155,000 viewers in 2021. On the other hand, the average viewership for Dynamite in Canada on TSN was 104,000 viewers in 2021.
The gap was much closer in the 25-54 demographic, with SmackDown having 71,000 viewers and Dynamite having 64,000.
In Toronto Star’s story, the credit for AEW almost being there in the 25-54 demo viewership with SmackDown was given to AEW’s edgier product.
This led to WWE providing a statement on AEW’s edgier product, where they took a shot at the violence shown in All Elite Wrestling.
You can read the statement below:
“If you look at the gory self-mutilation that bloodied several women in the December 31 event on TNT, it quickly becomes clear that these are very different businesses.
We had an edgier product in the ‘Attitude’ era and in a 2022 world, we don’t believe that type of dangerous and brutal display is appealing to network partners, sponsors, venues, children, or the general public as a whole.”
WWE is referring to the Anna Jay & Tay Conti vs. The Bunny & Penelope Ford Street Fight from the New Year’s Smash edition of AEW Rampage, which was a bloody match.
Below is how the wrestlers involved in this match reacted to WWE’s comments:
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 😘 pic.twitter.com/lAw1cm5oVB
— TAYNARA MELO (@TayConti_) January 15, 2022
— Anna Jay (@annajay___) January 15, 2022
— The Bunny 🐇 (@AllieWrestling) January 15, 2022
According to the Wrestling Observer, WarnerMedia is upset at WWE for making these comments.
The Officials at WarnerMedia saw this as WWE’s way of hurting their advertising sales.
AEW President Tony Khan has not issued any statement regarding this.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 22, 2000) – WWF Jakked / WWF Metal
On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly syndicated TV show ‘WWF Jakked’ (night version) aka ‘WWF Metal’ (afternoon version).
It was pre-taped at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut and featured mid-card matches on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2000’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
Kaientai vs. Too Cool
The British Bulldog vs. Kevin Landry
Viscera vs. Gangrel
Hardcore Holly & Crash Holly vs. The Mean Street Posse