Since the onset of the pandemic back in 2020, AEW had to undergo a lot of changes in order to keep on producing its shows. Due to a lack of a live audience, AEW invented gimmick matches that worked best during the pandemic. This included the Stadium Stampede match.
So far, two Stadium Stampede matches have taken place. The first one saw The Inner Circle square off against The Elite. Last year, The Inner Circle squared off against The Pinnacle as well.
While speaking to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, AEW President Tony Khan made it clear that another Stadium Stampede match is unlikely to happen in the future.
“I’ve thought about it. It’s a very different wrestling world now than it was during the pandemic. I think it’s a great match, a signature match for us that people really enjoyed. But some of the reasons we presented that match were because of the challenges that existed in the world because of the pandemic, as far as presenting sporting events with live fans. That doesn’t really exist in this live-event pandemic.”
Fans will certainly be disappointed that the Stadium Stampede matches will no longer be happening, but it is simply something they have to accept now.
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