All Elite Wrestling has turned a lot of heads ever since the company was officially announced back in January, and in October AEW’s weekly TV series is set to premiere on TNT.
The wrestling world is waiting to see what will become of AEW over the next few months, but Roman Reigns has made it clear that he doesn’t consider the upstart promotion to be competition for WWE.
Reigns shared his thoughts on AEW during an interview with SPORT1 and he noted that although he thinks it’s great that wrestlers and wrestling fans have more options, WWE is “so far ahead.”
“I think [Seth Rollins] is being generous in calling them a competition. I don’t want to get too deep into this […], I said it before: It’s an option and that’s great for professional wrestlers, pretty cool for fans. Before my family was WWE only, we’ve been a territorial family. You had to move, work with different promotions and territorys. I’m always gonna be ‘pro pro-wrestler’, but at the end of the day: WWE is my home, it’s what I represent and we’re so far ahead. You can see it in other shows: It’s not easy to have a clean production, you have to have a lot of experience. Our talent is top-notch, we’ve got main eventers for day, but it also is our crew. They’re busting their asses all night to get the show running. There’s so many people that make this place work. When you see other people out there tryin’ to do it, you see the flaws and it makes you respect what we do even more. It’s easy to complain and to say this and this on paper, but when it’s time to go out there and actually do it: Nobody will do it like WWE. Period.”
AEW’s next event, All Out, is set to air live on Saturday, August 31.
WWE’s next big event, SummerSlam, airs on Sunday, August 11. Roman Reigns has yet to be added to the card, but it’s expected that his mystery attacker will be revealed tonight on SmackDown, likely setting up a SummerSlam match for The Big Dog.