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The AEW and ATT Feud: Should MMA and Pro Wrestling Blur the Lines?

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AEW wrestling is in full storyline mode with the feud between superstars Scorpio Sky and Sammy Guevara, building and building before their highly anticipated match at Double or Nothing.

Scorpio Sky was presented with his custom TNT championship by American Top Team’s own Dan Lambert after Sammy Guevara and Frankie Kazarian destroyed his championship belt last week with a sledgehammer. Fast forward a week later to Friday on AEW Rampage, the feud went one step further with the destruction of a display case located at American Top Team that had many titles on display (for example, the BMF title Jorge Masvidal won at UFC 244 against Nate Diaz was on display next to multiple UFC titles).

With one swing of a lead pipe, the championship title display case shattered as Sammy Guevara grabbed the famed BMF title and tossed the title over his shoulder, proclaiming himself to be the BMF champ. Tay Conti grabbed the old school UFC championship and Frankie Kazarian claimed a current style UFC title as they set up to further the feud with American Top Team.

Are the Lines Between MMA, AEW, and WWE Becoming Blurred?

AEW is no stranger to having MMA stars compete on their program with the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Paige VanZant, and Junior Dos Santos (just to name a few) making appearances on All Elite Wrestling programming. This time it felt different as the MMA championship titles being held hostage seems to be a scene that might not sit right with long-time MMA fans.

The real question after Friday’s AEW program should be if title belts from MMA promotions should be acknowledged on pro wrestling television. Could the feud between Scorpio Sky and Sammy Guevara begin a discussion where the lines between MMA and wrestling have become too far blurred, or is it just another quick storyline for wrestling to show just how badass and tough their competitors are?

We don’t know who the UFC titles represent, if anyone other than the BMF, so it is easy to say that no UFC champion from ATT was outright disrespected and it is purely for storyline progression… Well, other than Jorge Masvidal, but unfortunately we might not see him on AEW television anytime soon with his ongoing legal issues after his assault on Colby Covington.

As an MMA or wrestling fan, are you hopeful for more crossover feuds like these, or should both sports be kept separate? Let us know in the comments below!

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Justin Gibbons has had love for MMA and combat sports since UFC 40: Vendetta. To him, mixed martial arts is a true test of someone’s will and drive to be the best, inside and out of the cage. He knows as fans we are lucky to witness these athletes (amateur or pro) because we get to see the hard work and commitment, the drive, and the heart that goes into it. Justin feels he is lucky to be able to do his part by interacting with fans and by getting a chance to tell the fighters’ stories and let the world know who they are.