AEW Dynamite is coming back this week live from Jacksonville, Florida. They never left weekly television as the company was able to provide new content each week. The last few weeks of programming were in an interesting location with a downsized roster, but many more AEW stars will be on this week’s show.
Dynamite filmed at Daily’s Place when the pandemic started sweeping America. Then they had to change direction and film several weeks’ worth of content at QT Marshall’s gym in Norcross, Georgia.
Tony Khan didn’t want to put his staff at risk. He was not upset at all if someone took him up on his offer to not attend the tapings. This is a much different mindset from the owner of another pro wrestling company. In fact, Khan stated that he is glad some stars didn’t attend.
While speaking to AEW Unrestricted, Tony Khan explained what he told the AEW crew backstage at their last Dynamite with a live crowd. He made it clear that they didn’t have to attend the next week’s tapings at Jacksonville’s Daily’s Place if they were uncomfortable.
“I knew there was a good chance that we weren’t doing the Rochester show the following week and then the Newark show the following week were not gonna come off. We had to pivot and really think about these things. I think what was really hard for me was that I didn’t want to force anyone to come to world under these circumstances.”
“So when we were in Salt Lake City, you guys were in there when I told everybody, you know ‘this is totally voluntary from here on out next week’s show I don’t know if it’s gonna be in Rochester or in Jacksonville, but we’ll be in one or the other.’ We had to figure out pretty quick honestly. I had to figure out you know where it was going to be because the trucks needed to know where to take the ring and the set.”
He said it was a long drive from Salt Lake City to Jacksonville, but they were determined to keep putting out new content. He spoke with TNT and “they were excited for us to keep putting on shows.”
Tony Khan then stated that he had to make it “crystal clear that this is a voluntary enterprise.” He’s glad that some people have taken him up on it because “the last thing I’d ever want is for anyone to feel uncomfortable in a working environment.”
AEW’s next pay-per-view is Double Or Nothing on April 23rd. COVID-19 did a number on the build toward that event. Jon Moxley stated that everything is “in flux.” Let’s see what Tony Khan and AEW has in mind for the next few weeks as they try to establish yet another new normal.
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