AEW has a dedicated fan base who want to see their action live, and those live event numbers have out-performed WWE in recent memory. Not even taking the 20,000 house at Arthur Ashe Stadium into consideration, AEW is moving tickets better than Vince McMahon’s company.
The pandemic caused a lot of people to sit at home and they missed pro wrestling action live. Now that WWE and AEW are touring again, they are hitting the same markets. The two companies are running the UBS Arena within a week of each other, and AEW is crushing WWE in ticket sales.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted ticket numbers for WWE and AEW events. When you look at the tickets sold, AEW is out-selling WWE. Tony Khan’s company is also “slightly ahead” of WWE with their October advance numbers.
We’ll have more next week on this when I go through all the September business numbers, but AEW did outdraw WWE significantly per show. I’ll figure with and without Arthur Ashe Stadium. For October advances, AEW is slightly ahead paid even though both Miami shows are not doing well. Really October looks closer to a dead heat with both companies way down from September because nobody has the big shows like AEW had in Newark and New York and WWE had in Philadelphia
Vince McMahon isn’t closing up shop, because WWE isn’t going away. No amount of competition would make McMahon close his doors. That doesn’t mean he won’t try anything possible to pack houses. Eric Bischoff might have been onto something when he said that the AEW vs WWE war is only beginning.
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