That’s a different take. Most of the last twenty years of professional wrestling have been dominated by WWE. The company has been so far and away ahead of any other promotion that it has lapped the field. Then in 2019, AEW made its debut and instantly became one of the biggest promotions in the world. The two companies have competed since then and taken some shots at each other, but now one prominent AEW wrestler has some nice things to say about WWE.

During an interview with Ariel Helwani, AEW’s Maxwell Jacob Friedman praised WWE programming and its wrestlers, talking about how he much he enjoyed seeing WWE’s stars develop. He praised Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard for the work they have been doing, while saying that the only think the company was missing was himself.

Friedman had a lot to say. Check out the full interview:

Opinion: While you never can tell exactly how serious or sincere Friedman is, he does seem to like at least something about WWE. There was some sarcasm to what he said, but there was also enough compliments to make it clear that he thinks something of WWE’s television. If nothing else, he seems like someone who would know that the wrestlers are doing everything they can with what they are given and that might have a lot to do with his attitude.

What do you think of Friedman’s statements? What is next for him in AEW? 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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