While we still don’t know how AEW will perform when it finally takes off, many still consider it to be a possible competition for WWE because of its financial backing.
During a recent fireside chat at the 47th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference in Boston, WWE Co-President George Barrios was asked if the company considers the new promotion to be competition for them.
Replying to it, the WWE Official said that they are competing for people’s time and so anything people might spend their time on is a competition:
“The best comment I’ve ever heard was from Reed Hastings who said, ‘Sleep is competition.’ He nailed it. You are competing for people’s time. So, whether it’s Fortnite, the NBA, Kung Fu novels – we are fighting for people’s time,”
While Barrios only recognized AEW as competition for people’s time, reports suggest that WWE is more serious about it than that and the company is offering higher pay cheques and bigger contracts to talents who are likley to leave the company.