Welcome back to another round of Quick Takes—a post that indulges in the topics that aren’t worth dedicating a full article to, but are still on my mind.
Each week, I try to cram in as many smaller talking points as I can via a speedier process, and I invite you to chime in with your own thoughts about these topics and anything else by keeping the discussion going in the comments below! Drop some more talking points in there for everyone to chat it up about, too!
Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s topics.
Tony Chimel and Others Released
Earlier this week, WWE released an unknown amount of employees who were previously furloughed. One of them was Tony Chimel. The idea behind it seems to be that there’s no returning to the live event schedule from the past (at least not any time soon, naturally) and these positions are pretty pointless.
Those are scenarios I understand. After all, WWE is a business and if you don’t have a whole sector of your business operating at all, you can’t make money on it and you can’t justify paying those employees to do nothing.
It sucks for those involved. Everyone needs to make a living and this was their job, so that’s awful. However, it’s at least reasonable from a business perspective.
Zelina Vega Quits WWE
The scenario that has led to Zelina Vega leaving WWE, though, is a different story.
I’ve already spoken about how I think WWE is being too greedy with the Twitch and Cameo rules that have been put in place, so I won’t drag on and on about that. But the short of it is that it’s very, very greedy to say the work your talent does on their own free time is somehow taken out of their downside guarantee.
It seems that was too much to ask for Zelina Vega, who asked for her release prior to SmackDown. GOOD FOR HER! People need to stand up for this kind of thing. If all the superstars just roll over and allow it, WWE will fully get away with it and so much more, as that will set a precedent for this kind of stuff being okay.
Like with any circumstance where someone loses their job, that’s shitty. She shouldn’t have to choose between staying employed and doing something on the side like that. These weren’t part of the established rules of her contract when she originally signed it and this is just nonsense.
Hopefully her Twitch channel and her OnlyFans will earn her more than enough money to be worth it. Also, if AEW is smart, they’ll pick her up immediately since she’s a great talent and they could sure use the boost to their women’s division.
Update: WrestleVotes says Aleister Black requested recently to go back to NXT. I’d imagine he’s frustrated with how he’s been booked and this could have played a factor into it. Very interesting.
I’m not a gamer, so I’m far from the authority that should be speaking about video games with any kind of monstrous credibility. But from what I’ve seen of the AEW Games presentation, I do still have a few opinions.
The mobile game is something I couldn’t care less about. Frankly, I find all of those “collect a fake card and pretend to do stuff” microtransaction games to be absolutely terrible and I don’t understand whatsoever why they’re so popular. Even something like Candy Crush makes more sense to me. I can guarantee I won’t be downloading that.
The casino stuff isn’t something I would be into, either. However, I’m not at all surprised this was part of it. It’s seemed like AEW management is obsessed with gambling. Practically every gimmick match has had the word “casino” in it or been something based on betting. Deadly Draw tag team tournament, for instance.
The main event was the console game. It looks kind of reminiscent of the All Stars game WWE put out a few years ago. (Side note: That was 2011? NINE years ago already? Good lord.) We didn’t see much, as it’s just a rough setup at the moment, but I don’t get any kind of particularly special feeling about it. I’d imagine it will be just as “good” as the normal wrestling games, which isn’t saying too much. Hopefully, they actually take the time to test things out and don’t release it with a ton of glitches.
I’d like to see as many of the members of the roster possible in the game. That’s something that will make a big difference. If it’s just a handful of people, it’s going to be crap. You need to have everyone from the top talent like The Elite and Jon Moxley to lower guys like Michael Nakazawa and maybe even the people that are on AEW Dark more often than Dynamite.
What are your takes on these topics? Keep the discussion going in the comments below!