WWE was a monolith in the professional wrestling industry. They even cast a spell over rivals like WCW. However, this fall there is a new gladiator in the square. TNT will broadcast All Elite Wrestling on October 2nd. Today, they introduced some of their athletes and executives to the Television Critics Association: Rhodes, Cody Rhodes, Nyla Rose and Jack Perry alias Jungle Boy | Presley Ann / Getty Images for TNT
EVP Cody Rhodes is a legacy of wrestling. His father was Dusty Rhodes, who fought for the WWE when it was called WWF. His wife, Brandi Rhodes, is the Chief Brand Officer and they both get in the ring as well. So they plan to make All Elite Wrestling such a big name in sports as WWE.
Entertainment is not the name All Elite Wrestling for a reason.
When the World Wrestling Federation had to change its name because the world The Wildlife Federation won the WWF acronym and opted for World Wrestling Entertainment. They brand as sports entertainment. AEW focuses on the sport.
"WWE has often devised" sports entertainment, "said Cody Rhodes. "We own" pro wrestling. "We want pro wrestling to be what it's all about, it's a sports-related show we want to showcase on TNT with AEW, and we just want to be our best self. "
Elite wrestling is more brutal than WWE.
If you've seen a live AEW show, you may have shed more blood in the ring. WWE sometimes draws blood, but AEW has some bloody faces.
"I think the violence associated with professional wrestling is there," said Cody Rhodes. You know what you're getting. "
AEW has more bloody surfaces than the other wrestling show.
"Those blood feuds and some of the more graphic content, I mean, I'm sitting up here with a black eye," Cody Rhodes continued. "My brother, I beat him up."
You may have to pay extra to see the blood. The average weekly match may not go that far.
"This content, be it our live and streaming service, or the pay-per-views that you would traditionally build in pro-wrestling against these major blood feuds, rivalries or hyper-rivalries. violent matches, "said Cody Rhodes. "You will not necessarily see that in TNT's weekly programs."
All Elite Wrestling Contains More Colored Wrestlers
WWE has made great advances in diversity and made female wrestlers from divas to full-fledged wrestlers women's division. Brandi Rhodes is particularly proud of the diversity of AEW from the beginning.
"You can look at this board and see a whole range of differences in the fact that there are three women up here," said Brandi Rhodes. "You have not seen this in professional wrestling for a long time, we have a really diverse group and that is very representative of what you will see: different sizes, shapes, colors, genders, nationalities, sexualities, religions."  All Elite Wrestling ” class=”wp-image-1193997″/>
cast a bit of shadow over WWE, there is a bit of homogeneity among her wrestlers, AEW will not discriminate.
"We are striving for the best talent," said Brandi Rhodes, "we are not looking for a cookie cutter. We're not looking for a 5 to 4 inch blonde because we need a blonde with a size of 5 to 4 inches. We are looking for Kia Stevens because we need Awesome Kong. "
All elite wrestling is wrestling wrestlers but is a company. While Cody Rhodes spans both worlds himself, he prefers to emphasize the athletes.
"The industry was not controlled by wrestlers but by more companies," said Cody Rhodes. "I do not speak to them negatively, but I can tell you that this is done through wrestling, this is a wrestling show that wrestlers have put together for wrestling fans for you, which in itself is a revolution for our industry and for the performers in it. "
Less is Ever More Elite Wrestling
WWE performs a live show that is televised on a daily basis, and more in arenas, which is great for fans, but exhausting for wrestlers AEW intends to put wrestlers in the ring only once a week and let them count.
"Our wrestlers wrestle one show a week," Brandi Rhodes said. "That's not where people travel five days a week are. We are not afraid to drive for five hours a night after exposing your body to the greatest stress that it could possibly experience. Well-being is very important to us.
Wellbeing not only means avoiding injuries in the ring or fatigue, but also leading a private life.
"Our wrestlers have well-being, can be at home, able to spend part of their time with their families because many of us have families or families," said Brandi Rhodes. "It's now possible, so that's the most important thing. Together with the best medical staff in our team and some of the best physiotherapists, we have a truly winning combination."