AEW announced this week that they will hold a house show at Daily’s Place on April 9th. It’s unclear if they will tape any portion of the show for television, but it won’t air live on the Friday before WrestleMania.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained why AEW is holding a house show on WrestleMania week. It comes down to WWE not having any other live events for fans on that night, so they are holding something a few hours away in Jacksonville.
“So, I mean obviously the idea is that it’s WrestleMania week. Jacksonville is about 3 1/2 hours from Tampa. It’s not that close, but the idea is that there is no Friday night show because SmackDown is being taped ahead of time, and even if it was, fans aren’t allowed in anyway. So, the idea is that there are going to be all these fans, in theory, and it’s a Friday night. That’s the idea. They’re gonna try a house show and I guess the idea is to give you a hell of a show.”
“Part of it is also because they have so many people there who have not worked in front of fans very often, some of the newer people. A lot of the people who work on the Monday and Tuesday show, there’s no fans. We’ll see.”
AEW planned to run house shows in 2020, but the pandemic stopped them from following through with that idea. Now they are holding their first actual house show during WrestleMania week. We’ll have to see how many tickets they sell.
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