Paul Heyman recently spoke to Ariel Helwani of BT Sport, where he was asked his thoughts on All Elite Wrestling (AEW), and whether they are a viable number two promotion to WWE.
Helwani asked Heyman his thoughts on what AEW is doing right now, and whether he feels that they are being a viable number two. Heyman emphatically responded:
“Oh they’re viable. They are a viable entity, and God bless them for being there.”
Helwani then went on to ask Heyman his thoughts on the AEW product, and whether he is a fan or not. Heyman explained that he is not the audience for the show, so nobody should care what he thinks about the show, good or bad.
“I’m not the audience, so it doesn’t… my personal opinion on their product… if I were to sit here and go, ‘My God, they’re great!’… who cares what I think? That’s just a personal opinion. They’re not geared towards me and if I sat there and went, ‘Oh my God, they suck, they’re horrible!’… I don’t think they should care about that either.
“It’s like when (UFC President) Dana White gave his opinion of WWE and it wasn’t flattering, and I was asked about it, and my answer was, ‘And? Who gives a f–k?’ I don’t think AEW should give a f–k what I think about them. They should care what the fans think, what their audience and what their potential audience thinks about them. Here’s who we have, we need to super-serve them, we need to make them continue to be loyal to us, and we need to expand that base. We need to take that person and lure them in, we need to find people who love WWE and lure them to our tribe, and we need to find people who have never seen sports entertainment/pro wrestling, combat sports, etc., etc., and lure them onto our show, for whatever reason we can justify them coming to pay to see our product. That should be their mission. What Paul Heyman thinks of them should be of no concern to them.”
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