AEW is introducing a new show, Collision, in June, but the company isn’t short on drama around this new program. Apart from CM Punk’s situation, AEW also had a lot of trouble drumming up instant interest in the markets for their first few Collision broadcasts.
At this point, AEW is thinking about changing the location for Collision’s debut episode. AEW staff were told last week that Daily’s Place is a very good possibility if they can’t snag CM Punk for the Collision debut.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer broke down ticket sales for those first Collision shows. This seems to be an indication that AEW needs to do a lot more in order to generate a response for their new show.
“I’ll tell you what, they don’t have a big buzz for Collision. They put three shows on sale, they put Toronto, Hamilton, and Newark on sale, and Newark has about 3,500 tickets out, and it’s — you would want more — for the New York market it would be the weakest opening since they’ve been going to the market.”
“Toronto is like 1,600 and that’s the day before the pay-per-view (Forbidden Door 2) that sold out instantly, and Toronto is a great market. And I heard from some people in Toronto like the publicity of it, nobody knew till Wednesday, and that’s not good. Hamilton, that’s sold under the 600 range, so really bad advances, so not a good sign.”
The Second City Savior was absent from AEW’s Collision announcement, and that got the rumor mill going in a big way. After all, CM Punk was set to be a focal point for their new Saturday Collision show.
CM Punk went on quite an Instagram story spree after news of his issues with AEW broke. He also uploaded an alleged email from Bryan Alvarez to CM Punk, one that mentioned Maria Kanellis in a very interesting way. Alvarez then unloaded on Punk in reply.
We will have to see what AEW and CM Punk can work out. As of right now, Punk’s name could certainly help them move some more tickets. In the meantime, we will have to just stay alert, because you never know what can happen in AEW next.
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Transcription by Ringside News