Britt Baker Says AEW's Next Goal Is Mainstream Success

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I think as well, the mindset is, "If I want to make into Hollywood, then I will go to WWE. They have options for me."

WCW tried with Hollywood Hogan and Goldberg, but it was very minor stuff.

AEW has a long, long way to go with Mainstream. I can see it happening, but also you need a decade of it; like having a Generation watch it, and then bring their next Generation to watch it. Even then there is no promise, but AEW is still figuring itself out.
I feel like they should try reaching out to celebrities more to do stuff with AEW. Like they had Shaq do that one match but they've never really done much of anything else of any consequence. If you can't really get your talents out there then bring in names with big followings to do some guest spot work or something to draw in the eyeballs from those celebrity fans.

Get celebrities in there as guest managers, guest commentator, have musicians perform a song as an intermission type thing, etc. And very rarely as a guest wrestler only because that shyt isn't going to generally fly over well with most of the core AEW fanbase at the moment.

It's like when pro teams make a big deal to market when a premiere franchise names (Lakers, Celtics, Cowboys, Yankees, etc.) or premiere talent (LeBron, Durant, etc.) that people will definitely pay to see in order to boost ticket sales. It's not always about promoting yourself, it's about promoting what's going to bring in the eyeballs. If that means promoting someone other than the contracted talent then so be it.
 

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I feel like they should try reaching out to celebrities more to do stuff with AEW. Like they had Shaq do that one match but they've never really done much of anything else of any consequence. If you can't really get your talents out there then bring in names with big followings to do some guest spot work or something to draw in the eyeballs from those celebrity fans.

Get celebrities in there as guest managers, guest commentator, have musicians perform a song as an intermission type thing, etc. And very rarely as a guest wrestler only because that shyt isn't going to generally fly over well with most of the core AEW fanbase at the moment.

It's like when pro teams make a big deal to market when a premiere franchise names (Lakers, Celtics, Cowboys, Yankees, etc.) or premiere talent (LeBron, Durant, etc.) that people will definitely pay to see in order to boost ticket sales. It's not always about promoting yourself, it's about promoting what's going to bring in the eyeballs. If that means promoting someone other than the contracted talent then so be it.

Since they are on TBS, and they have the NHL, perhaps have some AEW Stars do something during All-Star Weekend.
 
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Since they are on TBS, and they have the NHL, perhaps have some AEW Stars do something during All-Star Weekend.
Surely they could find some NBA and NHL players that want to do something in the offseason for one episode of Dynamite.

And AEW should send someone onto Inside the NBA and get them on whatever the NHL does. Like get Jade on Inside the NBA. Maybe Swerve too if he's into the NBA. Get CM Punk on the NHL show. Want folks on there that know their shyt, not just putting someone on there for the hell of it, people will see right through that.

That episode of Dynamite in Atlanta with all the rappers there was a big missed opportunity, IMO.
 
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All they need is one big star, whether sports or acting, to give them props and they’ll have some more eyes on them. :manny:

I don’t know if they can reach Attitude Era mainstream. :ld:
 
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They also have only been in existence for three years. Took years for the WWE mainstream stars to become household names.
WWWF was around forever but really, Vince getting Hogan fresh off Rocky III and making him champ helped WWF go national and mainstream, as everyone who saw Rocky III knew whom Hogan was. Then they paired him with Mr. T and had Piper as the perfect heel. Add in Cyndi Lauper and MTV, and that is what really made them a mainstream national promotion. That was maybe 3 years tops. AEW would have to find a wrestler with national recognition, and then create an angle that would capture pop culture and mainstream media. Punk has recognition but his UFC adventure kind of has a negative connotation with non-wrestling casual people you would want to attract. If AEW could get one of Stone Cold, Rock, or Cena to do a match, with a mainstream star beside them with the right build, they may have a chance. But the shots they have had (Shaq/Cody stuff with a quick build as a TV match, AEW coming on after the NBA and Jericho getting clowned, etc.), they have not been able to take advantage of.
 
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