AEW is currently facing ‘brutal’ ticket sales for upcoming live shows, despite an eventful few weeks, both on and off-screen.
The promotion has a number of notable events coming up. Dave Meltzer has commented on ticket sales figures for several tapings in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, including the October 5 Dynamite anniversary show in Washington DC.
As of that report, 2,265 tickets have been distributed for the October 5 show. The October 7 Rampage and Battle of the Belts IV special taping hasn’t sold as many tickets, with 1,988 distributed.
While several other shows have had seemingly disappointing ticket advances, it was noted that the October 12 AEW Dynamite taping in Toronto, Canada has almost sold out, with 6,783 tickets distributed.
Breaking down the numbers, Meltzer wrote:
“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.”
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