Former WCW star Konnan thinks WWE must be “worried” about the inroads AEW is making despite only being on weekly TV for two years.
AEW’s formation was announced on an episode of The Young Bucks’ YouTube series Being The Elite on New Year’s Day 2019. The company began running its flagship show AEW Dynamite on TNT on Wednesday nights in October of the same year.
That show, despite being less than two years old, regularly commands an audience of over one million viewers and recently defeated the 28-year-old Monday Night RAW in the much sought-after 18-49 demographic.
Speaking on his Keepin’ It 100 podcast, former WCW United States Champion Konnan – who has appeared on AEW television – says the success of AEW spearheaded by President Tony Khan must have WWE worried:
“Here’s a company that’s only been around for two years and making mistakes because they’re experimenting. They still, you know, when I look at a lot of times at Tony, he reminds me of me when I first started booking. He overproduces stuff. He’s still learning, bro. It’s not easy because not anybody can do it. But, they got to be worried about [this guy] that’s only been in the business for two years. He’s already on their doorstep pulling a 1.4.”
Recent additions to the AEW roster such as CM Punk, Adam Cole, Ruby Soho, and Bryan Danielson have made the company the talk of the wrestling world in recent months.
They recently put on AEW Grand Slam in Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York City, which became the highest attended non-WWE wrestling show in the USA in over twenty years with an estimated 20,000 fans crammed into watch Bryan Danielson’s first AEW outing against Kenny Omega.