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Ricky Starks – “People Say AEW Is An Alternative, I Think It’s First Choice”

Ricky Starks

Ricky Starks has discussed the perception of AEW being an alternative in the wrestling business and why he thinks that tag no longer applies to the promotion.

The wrestling business changed forever on the 1st of January 2019 when All Elite Wrestling was announced on The Young Bucks’ YouTube show Being The Elite. Many fans looked forward to another alternative to go alongside the behemoth of WWE in the wrestling world.

Current FTW Champion and member of the AEW roster Ricky Starks has discussed on Throwing Down With Renee Paquette And Miesha Tate why he feels that the alternative designation no longer applies to AEW as it is now the first choice:

“Everyone says AEW is the alternative. I really think it’s the first choice now. AEW is great in the fact that I think WWE has such a fanbase that they can insult the audience and get away with it. If you watch a TV show, let’s say like Lost, I feel like Lost insulted my intelligence halfway through and I kind of fell out of love with it. AEW is the opposite of that. You stay attached and you’re rewarded for watching so long.”

“Even for people who haven’t followed wrestling, there are people on the show that you can connect to because they are authentic personalities. Watching it, there is something for everybody. Having new viewers or someone who is getting back into wrestling, AEW provides that sweet spot where you can watch it, have fun, you won’t feel stupid for watching it, you’ll be rewarded. There are great moments that are organic that you can fall in love with. The wrestlers are badass. We have men and women who are badass wrestlers.”

AEW is preparing for its biggest episode of Dynamite to date when AEW Grand Slam emanates from Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson will go one on one in a dream match on that show while Ruby Soho gets her opportunity for the AEW Women’s World Title as she challenges Dr. Britt Baker DMD.

At Grand Slam Rampage that will air on Friday, Starks’ stablemate in Team Taz, Powerhouse Hobbs takes part in the biggest match of his young career as he faces CM Punk.

h/t Fightful for the transcription