AEW has certainly come a long way since its inception back in 2019. The company has improved a lot, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.
AEW is currently facing ‘brutal’ ticket sales for upcoming live shows, despite an eventful few weeks, both on and off-screen.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Newsletter, ticket sales figures for several tapings of AEW shows are abysmal.
“The upcoming advances do not tell a good story at all. 10/5 Dynamite in Washington, DC, is at 2,265 and 10/7 Rampage/Battle of the Belts in the same building is at 1,988. They noted DC as the anniversary show in the same city the first Dynamite aired (which did more than 14,000 fans and sold out instantly).
“The hope that the great atmosphere and Arthur Ashe show would get live business back on track hasn’t shown up yet. 10/12 in Toronto is basically sold out at 6,783, but the Rampage show on 10/13 is at 4,853.
“Part of this may be that Rampage isn’t on television in Canada so its name value is nil, because the demand for Dynamite was off the chart and was an immediate sellout but the people turned away could have gotten Rampage tickets and most chose not to. 10/18 for the Tuesday night show in Cincinnati with Jon Moxley vs. Adam Page is at 3,053 at the Heritage Bank Center which is not good.
“10/21 Rampage in Jacksonville is at 2,250. 10/26 in Norfolk is at 2,217, way down from the last show. 10/28 in Uncasville, CT at the Mohegan Sun Casino is at 3,768. 11/2 in Baltimore is at 1,525, which shocks me for that market. 11/4 in Atlantic City, NJ, is at 776, which is brutal, especially since they did 5,500 paid and 5,900 in the building in February in the same arena.
“11/9 in Boston is at 2,322, about half of what it was in the same building last time they were there and Boston has sold out every prior AEW show very quickly.”
We will have to wait and see whether the company will manage to rectify their issues and get to sell more tickets or not.