There was a time when WWE actively sought to prevent venues from hosting AEW events, employing clauses that limited the time frame for AEW shows before or after WWE events in the same location. Additionally, AEW and the venue were prohibited from announcing or selling tickets until after the WWE event took place.

According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE is no longer enforcing restrictions that would block AEW from running shows in certain venues. An example cited is the Coca Cola Coliseum in Toronto, where AEW recently announced a show despite WWE also having an event scheduled at the same venue.

”It is notable that the new owners are not as vigilant, or maybe because of the lawsuit, regarding AEW having dates get out and tickets put on sale in buildings they are running shows in. AEW announced its return to Toronto even though WWE has a show in the same Coca Cola Coliseum.”

The change in WWE’s stance could be attributed to various factors, including the new ownership of venues being less vigilant or the ongoing antitrust lawsuit between WWE and MLW. The altered approach may also reflect a shift in WWE’s mindset towards competition, particularly as the professional wrestling landscape evolves.

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A WWE-imposed clause once restricted AEW from booking events seems to be a thing of the past now. We will have to wait and see how such changes will be implemented in the future.

What’s your opinion on this story? Are you glad the impositions are gone? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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