I need help getting back into professional wrestling

I need help getting back into professional wrestling

After taking about 20 years off from watching professional wrestling, AEW might have me interested enough to come back.


Throughout high school in the 90s I was all about the WWE, which was still the WWF at that point. Stone Cold was obviously a favorite, but there were very few superstars that I didn't enjoy watching or cheering against. That sort of ended for me in the early 2000s. I'm not sure if the stories took a turn or the talent became less appealing, but I stopped watching entirely. I've barely touched it since except to check in on the WWE here and there. I really haven't seen anything in years that appeals to me.

What has me wanting to come back is the hype around AEW. People seem excited for this, and it has a vibe that I suspect is capturing some of that same energy I remember from the WWE in the 90s. I loved that vibe, and I'd love to get back into it, but I need help.

What do I need to know about AEW? You're talking to someone so far removed from professional wrestling that I consider CM Punk an MMA fighter (a bad one) more than a wrestler. Bryan Danielson? I don't know who that is, but I want to be a part of the excitement that people had when he came out at a recent AEW event. Where can I watch or read a bit to catch up? Do you have any good resources for a once dedicated wrestling fan who is now a noob?

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    September 10, 2021 1:09 PM

    Can anyone give me a quick synopsis on AEW and how I can get into it?

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      September 10, 2021 2:12 PM

      TLDR: Fans and wrestlers grew tired of how things always work with the WWE. Following the release of Cody Rhodes from WWE (son of Dusty Rhodes), a group of high-profile independent wrestlers grouped up and decided to put on their own pay-per-view show at a scale that had not been seen in twenty years (especially from a company outside WWE). The show, dubbed All-Out, was a massive success. The group of wrestlers met with Tony Khan, son of Jacksonville Jags owner Shad Khan and they made plans to start their own wrestling promotion centered around The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, Chris Jericho (who jumped ship from WWE), and others. AEW was able to score a weekly TV deal with the TNT network (giving WWE their first real competition on a major network in 20 years).

      While some of the storylines happen on the weekly show (Dynamite), it is best to watch the YouTube show Being the Elite. It is filmed and produced by members of The Elite (creators of AEW) each week and released on Monday. It helps push forward stories and get over new talent. I recommend starting with episode 101 - https://youtu.be/aD2rOq3jyzg

      This puts you just before the All-Out pay-per-view and will allow you to follow along so the years-long backstories will make sense. I also recommend just following the brand on YouTube for their highlight clips. Once you find a few of the talents that you like, enjoying the YT and network shows will be much more enjoyable.

      Extra TLDR: AEW is new promotion for wrestlers and fans by the fans. It has grown very fast and now they are signing talents that would have been unimaginable just a year or two ago. This is the most exciting pro wrestling as been since the NWO, Steve Austin, and The Rock were on top. WWE still has the ability to be just as awesome (pretty much all of NXT from 2013 till last year is ACE and the closest thing WWE offered to AEW), but they are doing a poor job of making believers out of anyone.

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      September 10, 2021 2:30 PM

      It's a great time to get into AEW! As somebody who's seen pretty much every episode almost and was at the last PPV live, there's a few long running storylines right now mainly revolved around the Elite, Kenny Omega who's become the Belt collector after taking championships from 3 different promotions but there's still quite alot of room to hop into things right now as theres a fresh slate outside of the championship picture and plenty of people returning to wrestling after several years as well. CM Punk wrestled for the first time in 7 years last wknd. He's known for keeping it real about WWE and cutting a lengthy promo live on WWE TV known as "the pipebomb" which is fairly easy to google. It was a major moment for AEW as Punk has fielded offers for years and never come back to the ring.

      What makes AEW different than WWE and why people are excited is that they have managed to bring back interpromotional wrestling. Multiple companies working together in ways that nobody has seen pretty much ever. New Japan who have refused to work with other promotions for decades even quoting working with American promotions as "The Forbidden Door" began to work with AEW which was a major shock to everyone. They featured to NJPW stars on the PPV and Minoru Suzuki on Dynamite this week against Jon Moxley who once held their US Championship belt. Impact which used to be TNA Wrestling, NWA which has a strong womans division, New Japan which tons of current AEW talent came from all working together makes wrestling better and means that while theres only so many hours of match time available on AEW, you can see stars show up pretty much anywhere. It's just a very exciting time. It's like if Sony and Nintendo put out games together and then Xbox showed up and said me too. Everybody wins.

      Also they have two supplemental shows on Youtube every monday and tuesday. Dark Elevation on Mondays has been used to introduce the audience to the younger wrestlers, and gives u some general info in their matches like the names of their special moves and things like that. Great to put on in the background while working on some stuff or cleaning the house as most episodes are an hour or less and its free. Dark on Tuesdays is purely straight up wrestling. There's usually more matches on the card but this is to help get prospects and mid card talent reps in front of the camera and time to figure out some of their characters/style. Tony Kahn who owns the company also uses this as a way to keep a ton of the unsigned roster getting checks during the pandemic as it was hard for many to travel most of last year with restrictions in place.

      I also checkout Wrestle Talk Podcast on YT on Thursday mornings as they do a AEW recap show every week breaking down the entire show and talking with the community. The preshows for the PPVs like ALL OUT usually do a good job of capturing storylines leading up to the event. I would say the last PPV til now tells the story of most but some have run longer like Chris Jericho and MJF who went from being in the same faction to splitting up and fighting a good 6 times now over the past year.

      Bryan Danielson is a journeyman, He's worked in Japan, Ring of Honor and Mexico on top of WWE. He was forced to somewhat retire several years ago because of a dangerous neck injury and many thought he'd never wrestle again. He managed to not only come back better than ever, join WWE creative and put on some great matches but also wrestled in the main event at Wrestlemania this year. Him leaving for AEW is a big deal as he's gotten himself a ton of support from fans in several promotions over the years for being one of the best technical wrestlers in the world without relying on gimmicks. He also has literal family in the WWE but he said his reason for leaving is them not allowing him to push himself to the limit anymore. There's tons of dream matches in AEW which instantly makes him a big deal for any opponent and makes the idea of him eventually leading his own young faction of pure wrestlers as the "American Dragon" very enticing to fans.

      If you ever want to get more info on the scene feel free to ping me on Chatty or Twitter @DennyVonDoom

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        September 10, 2021 5:08 PM

        If you ever want to get more info on the scene feel free to ping me on Chatty or Twitter @DennyVonDoom

        Well, I'm one of your bosses, and I already follow you on Twitter. :)

        But this is awesome. Thanks for your info.

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      September 10, 2021 3:24 PM

      I have a kid who watches aew and you can just start watching. It’s wresting, not algebra, they go over the storylines ad nausea before the fight and during it

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      September 10, 2021 5:09 PM

      I've watched UpUpDownDown and Chugs stream during covid. Watching the clips of all that stuff from the recent PPV really got me reinterested too. I haven't watched for 10+ years when Floyd Mayweather won with brass knucks, (apparenlty WM24) I was not impressed with the overall vibes of WWE, nor did it seem fun. AEW definitely looks fun! Adam Cole most of all.

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      September 10, 2021 5:21 PM

      I completely misread "get into it". I was like, you are on the wrong website buddy.

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        September 10, 2021 6:35 PM

        We actually had a professional wrestler on the Shack for years! DookeyFingers was his name, he hasn’t posted for 10 years though.

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      September 10, 2021 6:27 PM

      Vince sucks, the Khan's seem to be willing to outspend Ted during peak WCW and WWE being public has killed their ability retain talent while managing the books as they look for a buyer.

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      September 10, 2021 6:42 PM

      Watch AEW Rampage tonight at 10 Eastern! Andrade El Idolo and PAC are exciting to watch and should have a great match.

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