AEW star Ricky Starks has claimed that WWE can insult their audience and “kind of get away with it.”
Starks made the comments during a recent appearance on Throwing Down with Renee & Miesha where he discussed AEW’s current momentum. The AEW star initially predicted that that the company are going to go from strength to strength in the coming months.
“This is where we turn the corner,” Starks said. “Everything is so cyclical in wrestling or in pop culture that I think we’re really turning that corner into the next phase where things really start to start pop off here in the next few months, if I had to predict.”
Continuing on, Starks claimed that AEW are now first choice for the wrestling public, adding that WWE can insult their audience and get away with it. By contrast, AEW reward their viewers for regularly watching the show.
“Well, everyone says AEW is the alternative but I really think it’s the first choice now,” Starks stated. “AEW is great in the fact that, one, I think WWE has such a fan base that they can insult the audience and kind of get away with it. If you watched a TV show, let’s say last Lost. I feel like Lost insulted my intelligence halfway through, and I kind of fell out of love with it. AEW’s the opposite of that. You stay attached, and you’re rewarded for watching so so long.”
AEW are currently preparing for two of the biggest shows in the company’s history. AEW Grand Slam will see the Dynamite emanate from a stadium for the first time ever.
The historic card will be topped by the dream match between AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson. While Britt Baker will defend her AEW Women’s World Championship against Ruby Soho. The Icon Sting will also be in action when he teams with Darby Allin to take on FTR.
The upcoming episode of Rampage will also be held at the stadium, featuring two hours of action for the first time.
Speaking elsewhere, Starks recently confirmed that he will a permanent fixture at the AEW Rampage announce desk going forward. The FTW Champion will be replacing Mark Henry.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.