Why More AEW Stars Skipped Television Than WWE Superstars


WWE and AEW both carried on through the coronavirus pandemic. The two pro wrestling companies have been able to present fresh content on a weekly basis. Now that Florida considers pro wrestling an essential business there are even fewer worries about being shut down.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that far more AEW stars stayed home than in WWE. It was reported that 29% of the AEW roster did not attend the latest television tapings. There are only a handful of Superstars who stayed home in WWE and they all had personal reasons.

It is also notable that 29 percent of the talent on the AEW roster worked the most recent set of tapings. In WWE, other than Reigns, Kyle O’Reilly and the NXT announcing team, there is no word of anyone not working.

It was made clear in AEW that everyone would be paid whether they attended the tapings or not. This included people not under an annual contract. AEW decided not to bring in people from California and the New York area. Flying in wrestlers from out of the country was impossible so the Death Triangle had to stay at home.

In WWE, the company went through widespread roster cuts and released a lot of Superstars. The culture might be as inviting to raise concerns about the coronavirus. WWE is also doing everything they can even using a spray that kills the coronavirus for months.

It was noted that AEW is expected to bring in way more stars for the Double Or Nothing pay-per-view.

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