Dave Meltzer Critical Of AEW’s Use Of Legends: “I Don’t Think That Should Be The Image”

Dave Meltzer

Dave Meltzer has cautioned AEW against using so many legends on Dynamite.

In recent months AEW has come under fire for utilising an increasing number of legends and wrestlers who are near the end of their careers. The October 25th episode of Dynamite saw another appearance from Rob Van Dam, while Ric Flair also made his AEW debut.

Meanwhile, AEW programming regularly features the likes of Chris Jericho, Sting, Christian Cage, and Adam Copeland who are all in the veteran stage of their respective careers.

Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer suggested that while spots involving Flair and RVD made sense on Dynamite, regularly booking stars over 50 sends the wrong message to the audience.

“Well, Philadelphia was the city to bring them to you know, that’s a good city for him [RVD] to be in. So I thought it made sense on the show. But man, it’s a lot. You know, it’s just like so many people over the age of 50 on this show, you know, and it’s like I don’t think that should be the image of the company. You know, but like individually, you know, it is one of those things where I can make a really good case for every single one of them being on the show. But there are so many of them. It’s like you know what I mean.”

Dave Meltzer Gives Update On Ric Flair’s AEW Debut

On Dynamite, Ric Flair was unveiled as Tony Khan’s “historic” gift to Sting. The Stinger announced that he’ll be hanging up his boots at Revolution 2024 just a week earlier.

While bringing in someone so intrinsically linked to Sting’s career seemed an easy move to make, Dave Meltzer suggested there could be more to it. Also on Observer Radio, Meltzer explained that AEW’s upcoming media negotiations likely played a part in the booking of the WWE Hall of Famer.

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