AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling held their long-awaited Forbidden Door pay-per-view this weekend. By most accounts, the show was very well received by fans. The United Center in Chicago was packed with a hot crowd who stayed engaged from bell to bell.
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted an interesting phenomenon as far as ticket sales for the event went. At first, fans were eager to gobble up every ticket in the building. As the show drew closer, AEW released more tickets, although interest waned significantly.
“That show was so interesting because I have never seen a show with the buying pattern of this show, in the sense of, you know, when tickets were put on sale, there were 20,000 people wanting tickets and [it] sold out instantly, you know, in that presale. The presale, not even the regular sale. Then, they put a couple thousand more on the regular sale. Sold out instantly. No more tickets.
Then, they later opened up a whole bunch of new tickets and they didn’t sell anything. You know, like at the end, they had all those extra tickets out there and didn’t sell anything and it felt like, you know, with the ratings and everything there was no momentum to the show and everything. But, the crowd that was there, and it was the, I believe this was the second-largest crowd in company history…
You know what? It was an all-time great show. It really was. I thought that it’s one of the best shows that AEW ever did.”
There could be any number of reasons for the lack of interest in additional tickets. Many of those seats were located behind the stage and had limited views. A rash of injuries also caused the card to be shuffled around several times. Regardless of the reason, the ticket sales pattern for Forbidden Door was a very interesting anomaly.
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