It looks like SmackDown’s live attendance record has dropped considerably according to recent reports, and it’s not a great sign for WWE and their newly revamped programming.
All wrestling promotions have had trouble getting that momentum up again, as is proof with Ring of Honor, the company releasing its entire roster. They had trouble transferring back to recording shows in front of a live crowd; the money and resources perhaps not there.
In the end, live shows are what this industry was based on, and without live shows, that’s why so many of these companies suffered. WWE is not immune to this trend, hence the massive amount of roster and office cuts they have made in recent months and over the last year and a half.
Getting back on the road was like a fresh breath of air for WWE, but it would seem that the attendance levels at the recent SmackDown were at an all-time low, as WrestleTix reports:
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Fri
• Oct 29 • 7:45 PM Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Estimated Setup/Capacity => 4,682
Tickets Distributed => 4,180 (89%)
The lowest attended Smackdown since returning to the road.
It isn’t like the show wasn’t stacked. Interestingly enough, a lot of hype was built up by the Charlotte Flair/Becky Lunch fiasco from last week which left many wondering if Charlotte would appear after all that.
This was still not enough to draw a crowd. The numbers are in and WWE needs to step up their game to keep up with the growing AEW, who are gaining quite a wee bit of momentum as the months go on.
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