Kevin Nash responds to the talk of another Monday Night War emerging between AEW and WWE.
All Elite Wrestling is gearing up for their debut show under the company banner entitled 'Double Or Nothing' on May 25th in Las Vegas. Plenty of Hall Of Famers, current in-ring performers and fans have chimed in on the rise of the start-up company and how AEW may or may not compete with WWE.
WWE Hall Of Famer Kevin Nash recently gave his take on All Elite Wrestling when he spoke with 'Gamespot'. Nash stated that he is constantly asked if he thinks another Monday Night War will happen between the two companies and he responded by saying that The Young Bucks and Cody have presented one pay-per-view while SmackDown Live is about to move to FOX this October.
"You know, I think that the WWE is always going to be a flag-bearer. I think when we made the run with Turner against Vince, Vince, he was a private company. We just basically out-moneyed him. We kept buying his stars. WCW didn't make any stars. They just bought Vince's stars, and that's the whole thing now is the Bucks and guys like that, I think it's great, and people are like, 'What do you think? It's just going to be another Monday Night War?' I'm like, 'Dude, they've done one pay-per-view you know? Vince is getting ready to go on FOX.'" Nash explained.
Nash recalled the last time he was present at a WWE event and stated that the production was like none-other. He said Ring Of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling events are similar to ECW of the 1990s and added that if AEW has a similar look, the company can not compete with WWE.
"Absolutely. I go back to TV, and it's six months since I've been at an event, and it looks like the Super Bowl. We used to have two production trucks. There's like 30 production trucks now. I mean, it is amazing just from a production standpoint." Nash said. "We had seven cameras. There's 17 or 19 cameras now, you know? As somebody said, it's great if you've got good talent that can put on live performances, like the Bucks and Cody and Omega. I think having Jericho there that's been part of the Monday Night Wars, his career has kind of crossed those two paths. I think he'll be instrumental in kind of guiding that. But at the same time, it's just like it's one thing to have a good live event like they had in Chicago. It's another thing to have the money." He continued, "I heard the father gave the son $100 million to start. We used to go through that in about seven months at Turner, you know? And just like that don't go too far. We'll just have to see. I mean, New Japan, like Ring of Honor, when you see their shows, their television shows, they look like the old ECW from 1990. So, if it has that look, it won't be competition. The thing with Nitro was Nitro had a look that was comparable to, you know, production quality-wise was comparable to Vince's product. But if you're nowhere in the ballpark... And I sat there at WrestleMania last year. That thing was, I mean, it was longer than the Crusades. But I just sat there, and I just watched the production, the pageantry, the costuming -- I mean, just every aspect of it. I was just like, this is like Cirque du Soleil meets live theater meets Ultimate Fighting. There's such a hybrid, and there's nothing like it, and it's such Americana. Pro wrestling, there's nothing more American than pro wrestling. It's been on TV since the conception of television, and it's never been off. So, it ain't going nowhere. I think it's great, because right now, I've heard that there's guys that are getting, you know, like Vince is locking in people for more money, for longer periods, because there's somebody that's got another checkbook. So, for me, I'm a 1099, so anytime somebody's upping the ante for guys, I don't care how long."
AEW President Tony Khan dove into All Elite Wrestling during a podcast appearance last month and compared AEW's women's division to WCW's Cruiserweight division. For more on that story, head over to Fightful's published article about the topic.