Many fans said that the only problem with AEW’s Full Gear pay-per-view was the pacing. Several matches went over the 20-minute mark. The show ran until midnight. It’s a lot of effort to stay invested, especially if you watch the weekly television for more than one promotion.

Tony Khan says four hours is the right time, and it’s staying. He talked about the length as it relates to revenue with Dr. Chris Mueller of Bleacher Report. He said four hours plus the Buy-In is the sweet spot for the company.

“For the big four AEW pay-per-views, I think we found a great length that works very well for us. We’ve had really great reviews for the pay-per-views we’ve done, particularly All Out, which was the best feedback we’ve ever had on anything we’ve ever done on any show.

It’s the most revenue we’ve ever brought in for any pay-per-view and the best the fans and critics have received any of the shows. I really like the format and length of the shows, the four-hour main card, plus the Buy-In with a pre-show match or two. It’s a good length of the card and we found something that works for us really well.”


Like it or not, TK says the four-hour long shows are here to stay. More wrestling is always better, except when it’s all at once. If the pacing of the shows improves, it won’t be as much of a drag to watch for that long of a stretch.

AEW Full Gear was loaded show that has been acclaimed by fans and journalists alike. Tony Khan and company could only dream of a buyrate close to the 200,000 that All Out drew earlier this year. Anything close to that would have the company over the moon.

Do you think four hours is a good length for a wrestling PPV? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks to Fightful for the quote!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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