Tony Khan has pretty much made AEW a competitor with WWE. While many WWE shows often get organized at Madison Square Garden, the WWE. While Tony Khan filmed the Grand Slam versions of Dynamite and AEW Rampage at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the venue might have struck a chord.

The Grand Slam AEW shows were shot on September 22, 2021, and they were the promotion’s first shows in New York City. While being a part of My Mom’s Basement with Robbie Fox, Khan revealed that MSG isn’t as desirable to AEW as it used to be.

It appealed to me at one point more so than now. I think [Arthur Ashe] is one of the home’s of AEW, certainly, in New York City it’s the home of AEW. We have great things in the market and area and New York is a bunch of markets. The UBS [Arena], what an amazing fanbase we have in Long Island and the numbers we have done for the pre-sale are pretty amazing. I love going over to Newark, but being in New York City was fantastic and Grand Slam, in many ways, is one of the biggest success stories we’ve ever had. I definitely want to keep coming back to Arthur Ashe.

Khan still expressed that in New York City, a lot of wrestling happens at the Madison Square Garden. However, he added that AEW is the only promotion to ever hold a wrestling event at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, and he’d like to keep the tradition alive.

For MSG, it’s been appealing to me, but there has been a lot of wrestling there. We’re the only wrestling that has ever been in Arthur Ashe. The Grand Slam is very special to AEW.

Tony Khan will likely make their Arthur Ashe shows a yearly thing. Obviously, they’re not considering Madison Square Garden anymore, because the world’s most famous arena already hosted so much action.

The Grand Slam at the Arthur Ashe Stadium held much significance as that was where Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega fought for the World Title. Ruby Soho also fought tooth and nail for the Women’s Title against Britt Baker. Chris Jericho called Tony Khan a genius for making the Arthur Ashe show happen.

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Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/contributor from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017.

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