Bully Ray talked about his take that there are some glaring issues he sees in AEW, but doesn’t see in NXT during a recent episode of the Busted Open Podcast.
“A lot of times you watch AEW and guys and gals are missing stuff,” Ray said (h/t to SEScoops for the transcription). “It can get indie-rific at times and the NXT product is a lot more polished and the work rate is extremely tight.”
Booker T spoke on The Hall of Fame Podcast about Ray’s comments.
“Wrestling is so many different things,” Booker T said. “Wrestling is not MMA, it’s not boxing. Professional wrestling has always been entertainment based. One thing you can rest assured on with AEW is not every match is going to look the same because those guys are a fluctuation of Indy guys and more experienced guys like [Jon] Moxley going to look totally different than some of the other guys. Wrestling is what I always say, to be able to do the same thing everyone else is doing a little different.”
Booker continued to talk about TNA and how it was different from WWE and WCW.
“The six sided ring was different,” Booker T continued to say. “That’s what attracted you to TNA wrestling back in the day plus the young guys AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. Those guys brought something to the table. AEW, they’re doing the same thing everyone else is doing but they’re trying to make it look a little bit different. With the nucleus of wrestling we have right now, that’s very very important for what you’re trying to create and build. If TNA would’ve stuck to the six sided ring and gave those young guys the ball and let them run, TNA could be huge right now. Back then they were doing 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 [million viewers] in the ratings.
“I agree with [Bully Ray] in a lot of aspects, but in this business you’ve got to be able to figure out how to do the same thing everyone else is doing a little bit different, and I think that’s what AEW is doing.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc