AEW’s next pay-per-view is coming up on September 5th. All Out will see Jon Moxley defend the AEW World Title against MJF, but the lack of live fans might change AEW’s plans.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer mentioned that AEW has held some things back. Certain spots need a big crowd reaction to really pay off. A World Title change is made so much better with the pop of a crowd.
It’s unclear what AEW will do at All Out, but they could hold off on certain plans if they want that live organic reaction. It was also noted that they don’t want a moment like Drew McIntyre received at WrestleMania where his big win was met with no reaction.
“They don’t want to peak somebody when there’s no crowd kinda like what happened — they don’t wanna do the Drew McIntyre thing. Nothing against WWE because they had no choice. Lesnar was leaving and everything they had to do what they had to do. We all know if Drew McIntyre would have done it in front of 70,000 people then it would have been very different than him doing it in front of zero people and it’s the same thing for some of these things they’re doing in AEW. Some things really need to get that giant pop and you can’t get that giant pop in this situation so it’s best to save them, but the problem is that ‘what if we’re like this for another year?'”
AEW had plans in place prior to the pandemic. The coronavirus did ruin a lot of things, but the company is still carrying on. Some moments are much better with a huge pop from a crowd. We’ll have to see what they are going to do for All Out as it looks even more likely that fans will be watching another empty arena pay-per-view from All Elite Wrestling.
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