AEW and WWE are both getting back on the road. They have touring dates announced for multiple cities and fans are starting to buy seats for those events. The biggest issue for WWE is that they are now behind AEW in terms of ticket sales per show.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that WWE had a “very good first week” in Texas, and the Houston SmackDown show is doing well on July 16th. Money in the Bank is likely to sell out as well. The rest of their shows are not selling very well except for a RAW in Chicago at the All State Arena. AEW is beating them out in other markets.
“There’s a lot of events under 2,000 tickets sold, a lot of shows. When it comes to the head to heads with AEW. They’re both running the Dallas market, WWE is ahead of them on that one, but they’re also in the American Airlines Center and AEW is a in a building in Garland, so it’s really not fair to compare.”
“Jacksonville is in AEW’s home market so WWE has not sold many tickets for the Jacksonville show. AEW doesn’t sell a lot of tickets anymore either for television tapings. Miami, AEW’s ahead and Charlotte, AEW’s ahead of them. Charlotte’s a big surprise because in those Carolina markets WWE is way ahead in those traditional wrestling markets, but AEW is ahead.”
We’ll have to see how things pan out once both companies are touring every week. We’re sure that fans will compare crowd shots as WWE and AEW take their show to new cities.
WWE also lost a lot of goodwill among the fan base during the pandemic. One controversy after another could have caused many to tune out. We’ll have to see if a return to live touring will bring them back as Vince McMahon’s company hoped.
Transcription by Ringside News