AEW will present the Double or Nothing pay-per-view event live this Sunday night from Las Vegas, Nevada. Tony Khan has been dealing with a lot of scheduling conflicts this week since the NHL playoffs have caused Rampage to be bumped between various timeslots. Khan is also aware that there might be a huge NBA game airing in direct competition with the PPV.
On the latest AEW Unrestricted, the AEW boss spoke about his contingency plan in case the NBA has a game at the same time as Sunday’s pay-per-view. The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat will play a crucial game six in their NBA Playoff series on Saturday night. If Miami wins, game seven would take place on Sunday night, tipping off right after the start of Double or Nothing.
Khan said he understands the kind of draw a huge playoff game can be for viewers. Tony noted that there is a plan in place. The main event between Hangman Page and CM Punk for the AEW World Championship won’t start until that potential game ends.
“I promise that Hangman Page versus CM Punk for the world championship is not going to go to the ring until after game seven, if there is a game seven. So it leaves it open even for those diehard fans of those teams if there is a Heat-Celtics game seven. I promise just like Bob Arum did, another promoter here in Vegas, said that Pacquiao-Bradley was not going to go to the ring, I promise we’ll hold it back because we’ve planned ahead in case there was a game seven not knowing who it would be. But it might not even happen, but if it does, we’re prepared.
Just like UFC and boxing when that main event gets to the ring, it will be the perfect time, but we’re going to have a great show with great action. There’s big matches on the card already top to bottom. We don’t have that same out on Pay-Per-View that we normally have, that same hard out at the same time. So it’s interesting because for any reason if we think it makes sense to add more action, we have that ability.”
Professional sports have always been a thorn in the side of pro wrestling viewership. With one of his biggest shows of the year potentially competing with the NBA, Tony Khan wants fans to know that they won’t miss the main event. Time will tell if a game seven could cut into the show’s buy rate, but Khan believes he is prepared for that eventuality.
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