AEW took the world by storm back in 2019 as it was the first pro wrestling company in a very long time that made waves in the pro wrestling world as a form of competition for WWE. It was certainly a risky endeavor as well because there was always the chance it was going to end up being a huge failure.
Tony Khan’s company had all the momentum in the world right now thanks to the debuts of CM Punk, Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole to their roster. This has ensured that the roster is one of the most stacked in all of pro wrestling.
It seems AEW’s momentum might have just run out judging by AEW Dynamite’s recent performances. Last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite garnered the lowest ratings for the company since May, with only 861K viewers watching the show.
While speaking on his podcast Jim Cornette Experience, Jim Cornette explained why AEW’s ratings are continuing to decline lately. It is ultimately due to the fact that the company has all their top stars appear on television every single week, which diminishes their overall freshness.
“People always ask me on Twitter, “Cornette, ratings have gone down even with your boys, Punk and Danielson on the show.” I mean, I already said earlier that they are making them less special now. Over the last 4-5 weeks they have down again from 1.2 million to 800 thousand. They put themselves in a position where once something works for them, whether it is somebody on TV or whatever, they hotshot a couple more weeks, and then they take away the freshness and go back to 800k.
I have been saying this for months, it is a pattern. New talent, big name, hotshot deal, 1.2 million, and then they drop back again because you cannot hotshot every week and have a surprise debut every week. And if they had held back, hold it back so CM Punk only wrestled only once in three weeks. You won’t be happy hearing a Punk promo? No! Instead, they use it up, and they are back where they started from. And then they bring in the next one, and ratings are back up because it is not the matches, it is the debuts that are usually brand new in the company,
Tony Khan also previously stated that he has a lot of long-term storylines planned in AEW. We will have to wait and see if AEW will be able to remedy their current problems or not.
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