As previously mentioned on the Shallow Graves site, things are heating up between a monopolistic sports entertainment company and its new rookie competitor. But everything is not only getting heated on live television for all to see, but things are also getting heated behind the scenes apparently.
Having most of their roster come from NJPW, AEW is packed full of great talent. Talent that Vince McMahon seems to not want to acknowledge. Two nights ago on Monday night Raw (May 27, 2019), professional wrestler Sami Zayn mentioned AEW during a Q&A session, this seems to have been off script, and we know how Vince feels about going off script. After the mention of the letters A, E, and W, Sami Zayn was soon hushed and we didn’t hear anything else about it. This seemed to have angered the big guy in the back. Or did it?
This is a quote from Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Live about the incident (And as we all know, the Wrestling Observer often has some inside info on the business):
“This is from talking to multiple people and if you heard the Dave show last night you know that there is a lot of confusion. We’re twelve hours past that and it’s still confusion, but I’m going to tell you everything that I know about the story… you ready? So these are two facts about the situation, right? There are absolutely people who insist that Sami was given the okay to mention AEW, alright? I even heard from one person who said in the script that went around in the morning it was in the script he was gonna mention AEW. One person said that. I had another person say and Dave had people tell him that it was a scripted line, alright? Now, with that said I heard from multiple people. Far more people in fact and people who had heard from other people who all said the line was not scripted. The line was not supposed to be said. I was also told from multiple people that when it happened Vince flipped his lid. He was furious that this happened.”
So what do you believe? I prefer to believe that it was in fact improvised by Sami Zayn, it adds a sense that WWE can’t control everything their employees do, and if they want to beat their new found rival they’ll need to embrace that.