Since making its debut in 2019, AEW has been working hard to provide an alternative product to WWE and in many ways, they have succeeded, especially when it comes to their form of storytelling.
Since the beginning of the pandemic last year, pro wrestling has been an increase in cinematic matches from a variety of pro wrestling companies. This includes Sting and Darby Allin taking on Ricky Starks and Brian Cage in a cinematic Street Fight, which received a lot of praise from fans and pro wrestlers alike.
WWE also presented their own style of cinematic matches, epically at WrestleMania 36 featuring The Undertaker and Bray Wyatt in their respective cinematic matches.
While speaking with Shakiel Mahjouri of ET Canada, Kevin Smith talked about the advent of cinematic matches in pro wrestling over the past year and stated that he believes fans will get to see more incredible cinematic matches.
Think about it. The sport has been around long enough that you’ve seen every variation that there is to see in terms of storylines and action. It’s a foregone conclusion that sooner or later they would be like, ‘Let’s make it a movie, for heaven’s sake…’ They can do it every week on the show. They have some of the best writers in the business, some of the most creative and whatnot. Writing dialogue on the fly in many cases. I feel like we’re going to see a lot more cinematic [matches].
Not just cinematic, but multimedia takes on a sport that we’ve seen presented the same way since it became a cable phenomenon. How do you keep them in your seats after all these years? You always have new crops of people coming in, but how do you keep the old f**kers sitting around? You start showing them some new things. You start showing them a version of what they are achingly familiar with that can reinvigorate their interest all over again. Why not make it look good? We’re talking about film and entertainment, take your time and throw up some lights and you’re going to have something that looks as good as something you’d see in a movie theatre.”
It remains to be seen whether pro wrestling will see another boom as far as cinematic matches are concerned now that live audiences have made a comeback.
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