It’s not a great look. AEW is still a new company and not something that has the deepest history yet. Only one of their pay per views has even been run twice, which doesn’t give them a lot to work with over the years. That could cause some people to not know what they are getting into with it, which can make things sound a bit worse than they are. That was the case with a major media personality this week.
Back in the 1990s, there was no bigger name in radio than Howard Stern. Known as the King of All Media, Stern would reach a daily audience of 20 million people, making his show a huge deal for anyone who could get some air time. This included wrestlers, who have a bit of a history on the show. One memorable appearance was made by Goldust, now known as Dustin Rhodes, in 2003, and it came up again this week.
Stern mentioned Goldust on his show this week and asked what happened to him. His co-host Robin Quivers found out that he worked in AEW, but no one in the studio knew what it was. Quivers said that it was a backyard company where Goldust literally wrestled in a ring in someone’s backyard. Rhodes responded to the show on Twitter, inviting Stern to come sit ringside at an AEW event any time.
It wasn’t their best advertising. Check out the AEW reference on Stern’s show:
Hey @HowardStern , heard you and Robin were talking about me and our kickass company @AEWrestling!! I invite you anytime to come be ringside with your favorite wrestler ever!#SternAndRhodes FOREVER!! @AEWrestling #SternLovesGoldust #TheNatural #DustinRhodes
— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) June 12, 2020
Opinion: That isn’t exactly the best presentation of AEW, though it does show how the outside world views wrestling. AEW has come a long way, but how many people outside of the wrestling bubble know anything but WWE? I know it might not sound like the best thing in the world to say about AEW, but it is just how things are going to be until they have gotten a much bigger foothold. It’s not like they are on a time scale though and hopefully their status improves going forward.
How has AEW’s first year gone? What could get them positive mainstream attention? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!