The longtime WWE writer explained why he doesn’t believe Vince McMahon is concerned about AEW All In’s record-setting success.
AEW All In is in the history books, taking place in front of a record-breaking crowd inside Wembley Stadium on August 27th. The blockbuster show surpassed the paid attendance record set by WWE at WrestleMania 32, something that’s sure to be on Vince McMahon’s radar.
However, according to longtime former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz, McMahon isn’t necessarily bothered by having his own attendance record broken. Gewirtz had this to say in an interview with Steve Fall of WrestlingNews.co:
“Honestly, this is gonna sound maybe like a false answer or a cop out. I really don’t think he cares. I really don’t. Now granted, I started at WWE on the creative team in November ’99. So, yes, there was still the Monday Night Wars technically, but there wasn’t much warring going on although Russo and Ferrara had just left WWE and started a month ago, so you really didn’t know what was going to happen.”
“Vince McMahon Was Always Focused On His Show And His Product” – Brian Gewirtz
Continuing, Gewirtz explained that despite keeping tabs on the competition, Vince McMahon was always more concerned with his own product than trying to actively destroy his competitors.
“Yes, as some people pointed out, there would be in the Gorilla position, the area right before you go through the curtain, there would be monitors and one of them would be tracking and have Turner on and WCW would be on, but Vince was always focused on his show and his product. He wasn’t really concerned, at least outwardly with what the competition was doing. He was aware of it.
“I’m sure in the case of England, if someone was like, ‘Hey AEW has this thing. Maybe we can have something with John Cena.’ He would be like, ‘Go ahead and do it.’ He certainly would be cognizant of it, but it wasn’t like, ‘How am I going to take those guys down?’ It wasn’t anything like that. He’s really like, ‘Worry about your stuff and everything will fall into place because you can’t control what other people are doing. You can only control what you have right in front of you’, and that’s what you got to do.”
Paul Wight recently had a different opinion when asked about Vince McMahon’s reaction to All In, saying he believes the Chairman of the Board is “absolutely pissed.”