Kevin Nash EXCLUSIVE: Why AEW have a long way to go before they’re troubling WWE and much more

All Elite Wrestling’s debut show Double or Nothing is upon us and that means that plenty of wrestling royalty have made their presence felt at Starrcast II as well.

Kevin Nash, one of the founding members of the NWO and WWE Hall of Famer, is one such wrestling great.

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Kevin Nash as Diesel winning the WWF title
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talkSPORT caught up with Big Sexy during the Friday event of Starrcast and touched on several things.

When we asked if AEW’s emergence is refreshing for the wrestling business, Nash replied supportively.

“There’s a very different vibe in the air,” Nash started. “It’s like the first time you drive a Tesla after you’ve been driving a busted engine your whole life and it’s exciting. So I hope these guys make it work.”

The fact AEW have landed TV deals with Turner in the United States and ITV in the United Kingdom is a testament to the waves they have been making ahead of their inaugural event.

Nash thinks some of that comes down to their momentum and talent, but more than that, AEW’s president, Tony Khan.

“I think it is [down to their momentum], but I also think it’s because the backing is so strong. I think people know it’s going to be around a while, it’s not going anywhere, so I think that gives them a lot of credibility. Tony Khan being who he is makes a big difference.”

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Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash with the WCW world title

Would this have been something that would have interested Nash 15 years ago perhaps?

“I could still lace my boots! It would have to be that Saudi Arabian money,” he laughs.

With a stacked card full of talent, Nash is looking forward to seeing Chris Jericho battle Kenny Omega most, and we think he probably speaks for most fans on that one.

“My boy is Jericho, so Jericho and Omega’s match is on the one I’m looking forward to the most,” Nash said. “They tore it down in Japan, so there’s no reason they’re not going to do it in Vegas.”

So can we say AEW are on WWE’s radar right now? Yes, according to Nash, but they have a long way to go to be considered rivals.

“Of course it’s on their radar, but if you’ve ever been around that megalopolis of a business – when you’ve got someone like Triple H running at 100 miles per hour all day, every day – they’ve got a big, wonderful publicly-traded enterprise they’ve got to run and take care of every day, they can’t put too much time thinking about competition,” Nash said.

“When their competition starts doing better numbers and goes public and starts selling stock… WWE has become a brand, an entertainment company.”

With plenty of former wrestlers joining both WWE and AEW in producer or training roles as of late, one would think given Nash’s mind for the business, that would be a natural fit.

The former five-time world champion, however, isn’t interested.

“You know, I’ve been in this business a long time and I don’t want a schedule. I don’t want to have to be some place. If I don’t want to work for a month, I don’t want to work. That’s kind of where I’m at, I like doing my own thing. I’m 60, man! I’m getting old.

talkSPORT has attended Starrcast II and Double or Nothing in conjunction with Wrestling Travel, the market leading travel company for wrestling fans to the biggest events. Learn more about Wrestling Travel HERE.

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