Yarmouth, February 2, 2023 - All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) are two of the largest professional wrestling organizations in the world. While both promote the sport of professional wrestling and share many similarities, they differ in terms of their company culture, business practices, and creative direction.
One major difference is the creative direction and style of the promotions. AEW is often described as a more “sports-centric” promotion, with a focus on in-ring action and athleticism. In contrast, WWE has a more “entertainment-focused” approach, often incorporating soap opera-style storylines, over-the-top characters, and elaborate sets and pyrotechnics into its programming.
Another key difference is the corporate culture of the two organizations. AEW is owned by a group of wrestlers and is considered to have a more relaxed and open corporate culture, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and creativity. In contrast, WWE is a publicly traded company that is often criticized for its strict corporate culture and perceived lack of creative freedom for its talent.
In terms of business practices, WWE has a monopoly on the wrestling industry and has a much larger reach, with its programming being broadcast to over 180 countries and reaching millions of viewers worldwide. AEW, on the other hand, is relatively new to the scene, having been founded in 2019, but has already made a significant impact, with its weekly television show, “Dynamite,” consistently out-rating WWE’s “Raw” and “SmackDown” programs in the 18-49 demographic.
Finally, the two organizations also differ in terms of the talent they employ and the way they utilize that talent. WWE has a large roster of talent and is known for its focus on larger-than-life characters and storylines, while AEW is known for its focus on athleticism and in-ring action, and is often seen as giving its talent more creative freedom and opportunities to shine.
In conclusion, while both AEW and WWE are professional wrestling organizations, they differ in terms of their creative direction, corporate culture, business practices, and talent utilization. Whether you prefer the more sports-centric approach of AEW or the entertainment-focused approach of WWE, there is something for everyone in the world of professional wrestling.
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