Booker T explains why AEW is like a 'revamp of WCW'



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Booker T explains why AEW is like a 'revamp of WCW'

A couple of weeks ago, The Wrestling Observer Newsletter made known to the world the new WWE edict: the ban on slapping the leg during a kick. And in the meantime, AEW has already found a way to make fun of this novelty. Wrestlers slapping their legs to add sound effects to kicks delivered to an opponent is something that has been around for a long time.

But in recent years it has become synonymous with a fighting style that is criticized and even mocked by "old school" guys like Jim Ross, Randy Orton and FTR. But also Matt Hardy and the Young Bucks, as you can clearly understand from the latest video of the latter.

If you weren't keeping up with BTE continuity (and if you don't have time to add another 20-30 minutes of wrestling to your weekly show schedule) this is what's currently happening at 'Being The Elite' in the latest episode of the show.

Young Bucks YouTube Program: Big Money Matt Hardy is extorting money from virtually all of the locker room (even renting the locker room at Daily's Place to select talent). His latest money-making plan is dangerously close to Vince's new rule.

Well, a particularly funny joke from Christopher Daniels during this week's show resulted in a fine against Matt Jackson. Meanwhile, WWE legend Booker T has opened up about AEW's recent signings and how he feels that the promotion has become a lot like WCW.

He said that AEW felt like a promotion that would be built around young stars when it was formed, which hasn't been the case.

Booker T on AEW's recent blockbuster signings

AEW has signed quite a few former WWE stars over the last year or so, and some veteran stars.

Two of the big names that have been signed by AEW in recent months are Sting and Paul Wight, who were both previously with WWE. In his recent Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T spoke about his stint in WCW, where he witnessed the addition of WWE legends, who came into the company on big contracts.

"Those guys (WCW) came in with contracts where they had creative control, they were paid more money than all of us guys that had been there all of those years. They jobbed every out and had in their contracts where they couldn't lose.

I don't think in return, we got what they got. I don't know what's going on with AEW or anything like that, but my thing is this: when AEW first started, I thought we were getting ready to see something new. I didn't think we were getting ready to see a revamp of WCW, and I'm not knocking them or anything like that, but I thought we were getting ready to see The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and a group of these young guys that - I don't know - felt like they knew a whole lot more about the business than the older guys, create something that these old guys had never seen before in their life. And now, we're seeing everything the old guys have seen for the last thirty years."