Throughout the history of pro wrestling, there have been many classic wrestling rivalries such as Ric Flair v Harley Race, Shawn Michaels v Bret Hart, and the Rock v Steve Austin. Now with the launch of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) potentially signing a television deal with Turner networks Vince McMahon could get a rematch with his opponent from the Monday Night Wars.Before the advent of Monday Night War and even the rise of the WWE, Turner network would air Pro Wrestling on a regular basis through the various incarnation of the NWA until the last episode of Monday Night Nitro in March 2001. While Turner choosing not to air Pro Wrestling was the final nail in the WCW coffin in 2001, in 2019 by agreeing to work with AEW, Turner network is giving AEW a strong chance to compete against Vince McMahon’s empire.
There are some unique parallels with the rekindling of this potential rivalry. One example is in both incarnations McMahon went head to head with a multi-millionaire. Ted Turner was the one who provided the bankroll that challenged and almost defeated McMahon in the mid-1990s. Turner owned the Turner networks along with the Atlanta Braves. Over 20 year later another owner of a professional team, Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, is the financier behind the new venture.
The creative direction of AEW is being guided by the offspring of one of the driving creative forces of the NWA and WCW. Cody Rhodes, son of Dusty Rhodes who had significant creative control in NWA/WCW, is one of the Executive Vice Presidents of AEW. Cody was apart of the WWE’s main roster from 2007-2016. While Cody had moderate success in WWE Cody was able to expand in popularity by competing on the independents and over in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
While there are parallels with the previous battle the decision in the future conflict is yet to be rendered. Could AEW finally vanquish the WWE or will AEW go down in defeat? This is a battle that will go beyond what occurs in the wrestling ring and the impact can change the industry yet again.