All Elite Wrestling, the Tony Khan-backed wrestling company whose weekly Dynamite show premieres Wednesday on TNT, has forged a retail partnership with Hot Topic. A press release this morning announced that t-shirts featuring AEW talent (The Young Bucks, Cody, Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho, Hangman Adam Page, and Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus) will be available for purchase in Hot Topic stores and on HotTopic.com starting this Wednesday.
Unfortunately for yours truly and all the other former/current/future goths out there, the press release had no mention of goth and goth-adjacent AEW talent Penta El 0M, Darby Allin, Jimmy Havoc, or the Dark Order. Hot Topic has pretty much shedded its mall goth roots in favor of a more Funko Pop, Rick & Morty, Star Wars bounding vibe. But don’t worry too much, my dark and spooky children of the night. An initial successful run with these shirts will certainly bode well for the introduction of goth AEW talent to the Hot Topic racks.
We may not have Cute But Psycho anymore, but pro wrestling might just be the backdoor we need to retake Hot Topic for the mall goths.