During a recent episode of his Dinner With The King podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler recently spoke at length about the new All Elite Wrestling (AEW) promotion. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On Tony Khan being one of the owners of the new All Elite Wrestling (AEW) promotion: “They’re [The Khan’s] billionaires. I think the family fortune is well over $7 billion, which is a lot of money. And I understand they’re going to put a lot of money into starting up this new wrestling promotion.”
On talking to WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross about AEW recently: “JR and I were kind of talking about them the other day and I said, ‘You know, if I had $7 billion I don’t know if I’d be thinking about starting up a new wrestling promotion.’ Starting a wrestling promotion can make a millionaire out of a billionaire, or maybe even a thousandaire out of a billionaire. I don’t know… it’s just, I just think it’s an expensive proposition and I don’t know how. I hope it does well because believe it or not, competition is the best thing for anything. The best time that the WWE ever had was during the Monday Night Wars. You had two wrestling shows on at the same time on Monday nights. Two different companies, and they were getting 7 and 8 million people watching each one of them. And now you struggle to get 2 million to watch the only show in town. I wish them luck. It definitely will be a force to be reckoned with. When you have that much money you can do pretty much anything. I think they’ll definitely get the thing off the ground, and they’ll definitely be able to hire some big name talent and that sort of thing. Is the climate right now that people want an alternative?”
On agreeing with podcast co-host Glenn More about AEW needing to fill the gap in adult content missing from today’s wrestling landscape compared to the content from the Attitude Era and the Monday Night Wars: “I agree with you [Glenn Moore] about the adult content, that’s all I hear about from fans is how much they miss the Attitude Era and that sort of thing, and with the little more adult content. But that doesn’t fly anymore with major advertisers. I don’t know, it’s just hard to say. If they get a good slot on TV on a good cable station,w ill they need to worry about advertisers? If that’s the case, if they don’t, then they can probably go for a little more adult-oriented show. The funny thing is, it’s amazing, if you watch 80% of the primetime TV shows, like a show like Mom or different shows that are on now, they’re definitely PG-13, if anything. They have so much sexual and adult content on the shows that are on nowadays, anyway. I mean tons more than you have on a wrestling show. But they’re on network TV. Who knows, we’ll see what happens.”
On advice for the Khan’s: “One thing I’d remind the guy, is don’t have too many Chiefs and not enough Indians. You know, I think that was one of the things that happened and caused the demise of WCW back in the day. You had a lot of the wrestlers all of a sudden be involved in making business decisions, which I don’t know if that’s always the best thing.”
Check out the complete episode of the “Dinner With The King” podcast featuring Jerry “The King” Lawler’s discussion about the new All Elite Wrestling (AEW) promotion below, or at PodAvenue.com/king.