One of WWE’s commentators doesn’t believe it makes sense for WWE to open the Forbidden Door of working with AEW.
Crossovers between promotions is becoming far more common than it used to be, and AEW is no stranger to working with other wrestling companies. They’ve cross-promoted shows with IMPACT Wrestling in the past, and are currently in a joint effort with New Japan, building to AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door on June 26th.
During a recent episode of his podcast Unlocking the Cage, Raw commentator Jimmy Smith was asked if he believed WWE would ever follow suit and begin to work with AEW. The commentator doesn’t believe it’s likely as the companies are not on the same level.
“Here is the rule of thumb. The smaller promotion doesn’t hesitate to cross promote because they have less to lose. If Kayla Harrison loses to Cyborg, okay, fine, Cyborg is the bigger name anyway. If Cyborg loses to Kayla Harrison, there is the implication that, ‘Hey, maybe PFL is just better than Bellator.’ It’s always better to shoot up and miss then shoot down and hit. If you’re the UFC and WWE, you’re the top dogs. You have no reason to bring up another product and make them look like they are on your product’s level.”
“If so and so from AEW, and I don’t know because I don’t have time to watch AEW, but if somebody came up from AEW and it was WWE vs AEW, what you’re implying is they are on the same level. This champion from AEW, whoever it is, I know CM Punk is the champion right now so lets say CM Punk gets in there against Roman Reigns, what you’re saying is this guy is on Roman Reigns’ level, and the WWE will never, ever do that, and why should they?
“UFC is never going to do that with anybody at any other level. Will we see more of it? Yes. Is WWE and UFC worried about it? No, they are not.”