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The others aren’t happy. While the rise of streaming has changed the way wrestling is viewed, the primary means of seeing a wrestling show is still on television. Networks pay a good deal of money to air the shows every week and a network gaining a contract is quite the big deal. Now one of the companies that airs a wrestling show is not happy with another promotion altogether.

Last week, WWE issued a statement to the Toronto Star for a story the newspaper was running on WWE vs. AEW. WWE’s comment described a recent AEW match featuring Anna Jay/Tay Conti vs. The Bunny/Penelope Ford as “gory self-mutilation”. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WarnerMedia, which owns TNT and TBS, which air AEW programming, were said to be unhappy with WWE’s quote. WarnerMedia saw it as a personal attack on their company and an attempt to hurt their sales. There is no word on if WarnerMedia will attempt to retaliate and WWE has not said anything else about the situation.

Opinion: This is the kind of thing that I can absolutely picture WWE saying and it makes sense that another company is unhappy. Those were some very descriptive words and I’m sure they were rather carefully chosen. Ultimately, WWE knew what they were doing when they said these things and they were trying to make AEW look bad. It might not be the most ethical thing to say, but it is the kind of thing that WWE would do.

What did you think of the statement? Did WWE go too far with its criticism? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books

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