The current landscape of pro wrestling has been undergoing a massive change ever since AEW started working with Impact Wrestling. With NJPW also finally having a working relationship with AEW, the Forbidden Door was finally open and now the possibilities are endless.
While speaking to Wrestling Inc, Forbes’ Alfred Konuwa discussed AEW’s working partnership with NJPW and others. Konuwa speculated that it would eventually lead to an AEW streaming service as they have enough content.
The service would incorporate NJPW and Impact Wrestling as well.
“It depends on why he’s (Tony Khan) doing it. We don’t really know why,” Konuwa pointed out. “I like the fact that we’re in a new dynamic where it’s Kumbaya. I want to work with other people. I don’t want to be too political. That’s good, I think, because the money in pro wrestling is about content and you kind of have to be an arms dealer. It’s not a pay-per-view business anymore. It’s a content business.
“I don’t know anything about AEW’s business operations or whatnot, internally what they’re doing. I think the long play might be to build an AEW streaming network and incorporate New Japan, Impact Wrestling because AEW doesn’t have much of a tape library. There’s very little value that they can get out of a streaming service because they’ve only been in business for a year. What if he wants to work with all these different companies and they are on this maybe piece of the pie, just like how WWE works with Progress Wrestling.
“If Tony Khan was to work with different wrestling companies for an AEW streaming service, I think that might be the long play and why he is working with New Japan and Impact Wrestling. This is just speculation. This is why I think he’s doing it. I think he’s got this in mind because if AEW’s going to make the type of money that WWE is making, it’s going to be on content. It’s going to be in streaming. They’re not going to make this money on pay-per-view.”
There are certainly a lot of possibilities that can take place due to the partnership. We will have to see what will happen next.