WWE Legend and Hall of Famer, Kurt Angle recently spoke about AEW vs WWE. He was on the Wrestling Inc. Daily and he believes that AEW is doing well. He also stated that WWE has TV deals with the best networks in the US. That makes it very hard for any other indie wrestling promotion to compete with WWE.
WWE Legend Kurt Angle on AEW Competing with WWE
"WWE's just a money machine no matter what happens. Regardless of how many tickets they sell, their TV deals alone are worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year," Angle pointed out.
"You got a billion dollar deal with FOX. You got a billion dollar deal with USA Network. That alone, NXT, RAW and SmackDown, you're doing about $450 million a year in revenue for TV, just those three. Then they have the other International TV deals and everything else.
So it's a money machine. I think AEW's going to need to pick up more TV deals as long as they're making money, they'll survive, but I don't I don't know if Tony Khan wants to continue to throw millions of dollars when there's not going to be anything coming back, but I'm changing my mind now.
"I think they got a little momentum, and I think they're gonna survive at least for several years. So they've done a great job, and they continue to climb little by little in ratings. I heard they beat NXT so something's going on.
Jericho and Cody and all the other guys, they're doing something over there, and I also know it's a little more laid back there. You get your own creativity and do your own things. So it's a little different than WWE, but I think they'll have a good run.
I don't know how long will it be, but hopefully, it'll be a long time because it's great for all the wrestlers, but WWE is number one. I don't see it ever going number two." Kurt Angle made it clear that he is not looking to join AEW at the moment.
He also spoke about wanting to return as a wrestler and not a manager in WWE. "Right now, I would say it's off the table," Kurt Angle admitted. "I'm OK where I am. The thing is, when I came back to WWE, I wasn't expecting what I got, and I was very grateful.
I got the Hall of Fame. I wanted the Hall of Fame, but I didn't want it first. I wanted it last, and I wanted to wrestle first. I took a year off from TNA. I was wrestling Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio, Joe Coffey from the UK, Zack Saber Jr. [and] a lot of great athletes, and I was ready.