Vince McMahon as Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghosts of WWE Past, Present & Future to AEW


One of the classic tales for the holiday season is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. For those living under a rock or from another culture, the long story short is that elderly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge has become so corrupt, cold-hearted, closed-off from society and all-around grumpy that he cares about nothing but money.

It takes the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future to teach him the error of his ways so he can reflect on the way he’s been and change to become a better person, no longer valuing nothing but his business, yet embracing the love of family and community and the Christmas spirit of giving.

Vince McMahon has always been compared to various things, including Scrooge, and now that we’re in the Christmas season to reflect on two years of WWE culling so much of its roster, it has me thinking about what’s happened, what’s going on right now and what’s yet to come.

AEW has been able to pick up some great talent from WWE letting them go, to the point where Vince even joked about giving them some more before inevitably doing just that. It seems heartless and cold, all in the name of elusive “budget cuts” which seem to be unnecessary when the company perpetually reports record profits each quarter.

McMahon’s loss is Tony Khan’s win, and considering how well certain talent has been presented after struggling so much in WWE, it’s curious if or when McMahon is going to have his ghosts come back to haunt him and teach him a lesson.

Indulge me as I wax poetic about this concept and how this story may wrap up.

– AEW’s Ghosts of Wrestling Past, Present & Future for WWE (Christmas / Vince McMahon / Jericho,Punk,BS,MH,CC…Cole/Bryan…future is Owens,Gargano, O’Reilly, etc)

The Ghosts of Wrestling Past

AEW’s foundations are with The Elite and Cody Rhodes, but their first big “get” was Chris Jericho. If you think about it, none of that would have happened had two things went down differently:

1) If Jericho vs. Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship took place at WrestleMania 33 as planned, instead of telling them they’re not good enough, switching that to the United States title and putting the Universal Championship on Goldberg so he could drop it to Brock Lesnar in a rematch.

2) If Jericho’s request to have some WWE stars, even if they’re from NXT, on his cruise would have been approved.

Had either or certainly both of those taken place, it’s unlikely Jericho would have been looking to leave WWE, as he had said numerous times that he would never work for anyone else other than Vince. Their relationship wouldn’t have soured and he wouldn’t have thought about signing with another start-up. Then, it’s impossible to know if AEW would have grown to the same size it is today, or if it would have had less success. There would have at least been a new first champion, that’s for sure.

Several others saw the sinking ship of WWE and wanted out, or were forced out of the company in one fashion or another.

Billy Gunn got his Hall of Fame induction and left. Dean Malenko and Arn Anderson were no longer producers. Dustin Rhodes naturally (no pun intended) followed his brother.

A handful of previously rejected stars, who hadn’t made it in WWE, were given second chances. Scorpio Sky has more name recognition now than ever before and was only given a chance to be an extra in the Team Hell No vignettes. Luchasaurus was booted out of NXT. Lance Archer…don’t bother looking up his time in WWE, as it was awful. The same goes for Colt Cabana, or Scotty Goldman.

Shawn Spears hasn’t won a world title or anything, but that name means more to you than Tye Dillinger, does it not? Also, would you rather have Leva Bates or Blue Pants? Where’s Trent in all this discussion?

It’s doubtful WWE would learn any lessons from someone like Ryan Nemeth or think twice about how Matt Sydal is still around after they kicked Evan Bourne to the curb, but there’s a chance someone like Jake Hager caught their attention, even if it was just temporarily.

But what happens when someone like Sting shows up years after WWE sat around and did nothing with him and proves that he can still be of use not only as a manager, but as a wrestler?

What about when Christian Cage finally comes back from injury, wrestles a hot minute for WWE and chooses to go to AEW instead? No Edge and Christian tag team or feud possible anymore, after all these years.

Big Show leaves, feeling WWE was putting him out to pasture. Mark Henry goes because he wants to contribute and WWE has nothing for him.

WWE might not care so much that Matt Hardy left, but considering how useless Jeff Hardy has been booked since then and his current situation in question about a possible relapse, wouldn’t it have been better to keep The Hardy Boyz around, if not to help out with the struggling tag team division and to try to retain those old fans WWE seems to fully rely on?

Then, there’s CM Punk—a guy who exemplifies how the WWE machine isn’t for everyone and can turn people bitter against the thing they love the most just by being in that particular environment. That’s not to say Punk isn’t likely responsible for some of the things he feels, but considering everything that always comes out about WWE, it’s fair to assume a good portion of his frustrations were based entirely on the way Vince McMahon and company conduct business.

I’m sure all these people were looked at as being in the past; that WWE had moved past them long ago and they weren’t even in their rear-view, so it doesn’t affect the company because of the “who would bother watching them when they aren’t a big deal because they’re only a big deal when WE say they are?” mentality.

But Scrooge doesn’t turn over a new leaf with the Ghost of Christmas Past, does he?

The Ghosts of Wrestling Present

It’s one thing if someone leaves your company and you see little value in them. Good riddance, right? “You can’t fire me, I quit / you can’t quit, you’re fired!” But what about if you’re still worth a damn?

AEW’s second “big get” was to lure Dean Ambrose away from The Shield and to debut as Jon Moxley. He’s been one of the biggest stars for the company, reached a new level of popularity than what he achieved in WWE and was definitively the guy on top of the division for many months, rather than a stepping stone in favor of Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.

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