Ethan Web page appears to be in line for a little bit of a push from AEW, and his newest work on the mic was very MJF-like. That is bad news for MJF, who hasn’t been seen or heard from in additional than two months. Neither of those two males is the primary to chop this model of promo, they usually will not be the final, however Web page’s habits on digicam, right down to the mannerisms, made it seem like he’d studied MJF’s work with the intent of primarily taking the gimmick over.
“All Ego” has all the time had loads of perspective in the case of the stick. But the similarity between his cadence, timing, and the way AEW produced the promo section was uncanny. That is to not say that Web page will not take this schtick in his personal course and crush it. It simply felt like Tony Khan was saying, “nicely, if we won’t have the actual MJF, I can simply recreate him with Ethan Web page.” An anti-hero who by no means looks like he will get the respect he deserves and might do a wonderful job on the microphone to get that over with the viewers. It is not fairly Vince McMahon attempting to recreate Scott Corridor and Kevin Nash’s characters in WWE after they bolted for WCW, however it’s in the identical neighborhood.
Whereas Web page will undoubtedly do his greatest to make this heel run work, alongside a Stokely Hathaway and presumably Lee Moriarty, it’d current AEW audiences with a transparent image of MJF’s future. And that, sadly, is likely to be that he not has one with All Elite Wrestling. If he had been nonetheless wrestling actively, Web page’s characterization would have been outright gimmick infringement. There aren’t a whole lot of guidelines left in skilled wrestling, however hijacking another person’s schtick whereas they’re on the identical roster is a critical fake pas. Particularly in an organization like AEW, the place many performers have indie backgrounds.
Web page squared as much as the digicam and started his firey promo. “I got here out right here to ask a query: Why? Why? Why the hell is Ethan Web page not on TV each single week? Why the hell does Ethan Web page not have an motion determine? Why is Ethan Web page not on the bus? Ethan Web page deserves higher.” He then took a second to slam the Columbus, Ohio, crowd in a method that was harking back to an MJF line. “Why would you guys cheer? When Ethan Web page’s t-shirt goes on sale on ShopAEW, you morons aren’t standing in line.”
Once more, heels lower promos like this on a regular basis. It was the best way that Web page delivered it and the way AEW produced it that made it really feel similar to an MJF segment. There is no denying that Wednesday Night time Dynamite is much less entertaining with out The Salt Of The Earth on the mic. With there being no phrase on Friedman’s return, it looks as if AEW has elected to try to recreate that vibe with one other wrestler who is offered for tv each week.