AEW is always looking to change things in order to improve its overall product so that fans can stay engaged with each and every show. AEW will be debuting Collision in two weeks and it appears the company might drop house show for a long time after Collision’s debut.
The company recently announced AEW Collision, which will be debuting on June 17th, marking the return of Saturday night shows. AEW will hold the debut episode of Collision at the United Center in Chicago and the hype for the show is evident.
It has already been confirmed that CM Punk will be returning on the debut episode of the show, where he will be teaming up with FTR in a tag team match. With Collision’s debut, fans have wondered what will become of the AEW house shows.
According to Dave Meltzer on The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, AEW may pause plans for future house shows with Collision set to debut. It was added that fans might not get to see house shows for a while.
“AEW ran what may be its last house shows for a long time over the weekend. With them adding Collision, I don’t see house shows likely and there aren’t any more left on the schedule.
Plus, as the word gets out that the top stars aren’t on these shows, unlike WWE which features top stars on its house shows, it would get harder to draw.
The 6/2 show which went against Smackdown and Rampage on TV, in Tupelo, MS, drew just 1,576. The 6/3 show in Huntsville, AL, drew 2,237.
One person brought up that a friend went to Huntsville largely because they expected merchandise would be easier to get because the lines are so long at AEW shows.
But they had very little merchandise available and most of the most popular items weren’t there.”
AEW wrestlers are also anxious about the change in schedules thanks to Collision. Numerous top talent will be part of AEW Collision, as fans simply can’t wait to see how the episode will turn out.
What’s your view on this story? Will you be sad to see AEW no longer doing house shows for a long time? Let us know in the comments!