Karl Anderson responds to Vince McMahon line

Jul 30, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

Impact World Tag Team Champion Karl Anderson says he’s still receiving text messages from unhappy WWE Superstars.

As noted earlier this week, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon was asked about AEW during the WWE Q2 earnings call with investors. Vince made one interesting line at the end of his response, where he said, “I don’t consider them [AEW] competition in the way that I would consider WCW back in the day, not anywhere near close to that. And I’m not so sure what their investments are as far as their talent is concerned, but perhaps we can give them some more.”

In an update, Anderson took to Twitter today and responded to that last line from Vince.

“The amount of unhappy texts I get from people there , well, the whole professional wrestling world is waiting for ya.. @IMPACTWRESTLING @AEW @njpw1972 Gonna talk about it on @TalknShop [fist emoji] [face throwing a kiss emoji],” Anderson wrote, promising to elaborate on his Talk’n Shop podcast.

There was an interesting response to this tweet where former WWE Superstar Tony Nese asked if Doc Gallows still had “volcanic heat” with him, in an apparent joke.

Nese wrote, “Does @The_BigLG still have volcanic heat with me?”

Gallows responded, “Simply a case of mistaken identity or a lying boss!! Tony Neese is a #goodbrother [beer mugs emoji] [tears of joy emoji]”

Anderson and Gallows, signed with WWE in 2016 and were released in April 2020, along with other COVID-19 budget cuts. Nese also signed in 2016 and was released on June 25 of this year.

You can click here for our report on Vince’s full AEW comments, which includes a response from WWE President & Chief Revenue Officer Nick Khan on AEW.

You can see the full tweets below:

4 Responses

  1. Disgruntled Jobber says:

    Vince not looking at AEW as a threat means WWE will continue to suffer from terrible, nonsensical booking.

  2. Sonia says:

    Yes, but with AEW bringing in all these former WWE talent where does it leave the young AEW guys and gals? There is only so much TV time. Add Bryan, Punk to Mox, Jericho, Andrade, Cody, etc. Plus these Impact guys that are former WWE….

  3. art123guy says:

    @Sonia–I agree to an extent. Without any WWE guys, you have the name recognition to lure over current WWE fans who wanna follow out wrestlers they know. Also, is an underutilized guy really a WWE guy? To me, bringing those guys in is fine since AEW can show them in a different and positive light. As for vets like Punk and Bryan, you’d be INSANE not to bring them in. Also, Vince Jr’s WWF was built with guys from other territories. The only reason he created stars in the 90’s was because they were leaving him and he had no choice but to create guys from the ground up.

  4. What? says:

    But also, WCW wasn’t competition to WWE the way WCW was “back in the day” when they had only been around for two years like AEW has now. Currently he may be right, but let’s check in 5-10 years down the road.

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