All Elite Wrestling entered the pro wrestling landscape by making a lot of noise. Now it is time for them to deliver.
Mike Johnson noted on PW Insider Elite audio that fans will soon find out very quickly what AEW’s ability is to draw on a Wednesday night. Because they have some stiff competition.
The first episode is likely to do well because of how much the show is being hyped, but he continued to discuss some troubles AEW might have with mainstream competition.
“We’re gonna find out what that product will mean to people outside of the bubble of the die hard fans.”
“Tony Khan said they had 100,000 people order that first pay-per-view. If they only draw 100,000 on TV I don’t think that bodes well for them. We’re gonna have people who watch the first week out of curiosity and that happens with every TV show and then it trails downward unless it’s a huge hit right off the bat. I don’t know what that number is going to be, but to me if they have anything less than 10,000 fans in that building for the first show that has to be considered a bit of a disappointment, but to me, you know, the important numbers will be the ratings.”
AEW will have some heavy hitters to go against on Wednesday nights. Their core audience is likely to follow them to TNT, but the real question is not only how many there are, but also how many they will pick up along the way.
All Elite Wrestling is just getting started, but their television deal is long-term. Hopefully, they will be able to impress because they’ve already sold over 10,000 tickets for their debut episode. Therefore, that’s one hurdle that they’ve already overcome.
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