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Opinion: Is AEW Hotshotting Bryan Danielson vs Minoru Suzuki?

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AEW President Tony Khan recently confirmed that AEW Rampage will be airing this Friday with a special Buy-In show taking place on YouTube.

The reason for the company doing this was WWE SmackDown going an extra half hour this week, with the show appearing on FS1 and WWE clearly wanting to make sure that All Elite do not compete with them in the ratings.

Clearly, both sides want to win in the ratings on Friday, but with fans throwing phrases around like ‘hot shotting,’ is this a problem for both AEW and WWE?

The match that seems to have brought about both excitement and cries of HOTSHOT BOOKING from some WWE fans is Bryan Danielson vs Minoru Suzuki on the Buy-In for AEW Rampage.

This match was not going to be taking place until Tony Khan decided to host the Buy-In show this week. Is it hotshot booking? Yes. Is it an issue? Absolutely not.

The Attitude Era was almost built on the concept of hot shot booking, with both WWF and WCW having to compete in the ratings every single week.

Granted, ratings on a weekly basis are not as much of an issue now as they were in the mid-nineties, but the competition that is being created with both companies putting their best foot forward can only be a good thing for fans.

Bryan Danielson vs Minoru Suzuki

AEW Dynamite is on every Wednesday night on TNT and FITE; fans in the UK can sign up to watch the show via AEW+ on FITE.

AEW Rampage is on every Friday night on TNT and FITE, fans in the UK can sign up to watch the show via AEW+ on FITE.

All Elite Wrestling also hosts four PPV events per year, available via traditional PPV routes in the United States and again on FITE TV elsewhere. The PPVs are named Double or NothingFull GearAll Out and Revolution.

AEW Dark and AEW Dark: Elevation are available to watch every Monday and Tuesday night on AEW’s official YouTube channel.

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