Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer has reported that AEW ticket sales are doing better than WWE ticket sales in some cities.
Dave Meltzer noted that in some cities, ticket sales for WWE shows are “bad”, adding that this is a clear message from fans that the WWE product just isn’t that interesting right now.
“They’re bad…People aren’t buying tickets, it’s a message.
“…They’re behind AEW in ticket sales as far as per show thing. They had a very good first week. Houston for (July) 16 with Edge on his first night back came out very strong. The Fort Worth pay-per-view is almost sold out so they’re gonna have 10,000 people in there so that’s good. Dallas, I thought was weak but now I don’t think it’s weak anymore compared to anything else. The only good one is there’s a Raw in Chicago at the Allstate Arena that’s probably around 6,000-6,300 sold which would be well below what I would expect but I would certainly not call it bad this far in advance. It’s okay. Most of the rest of the stuff is not okay… There’s a lot under 2,000 (tickets sold), a lot of shows.
“When it comes to the head-to-head with AEW, they’re both running the Dallas market and WWE is definitely ahead, big in that one but they are also in the American Airlines Center and AEW is in this building in Garland so they should be way ahead and they are.
“Miami, AEW is ahead and Charlotte, AEW is ahead. Charlotte is a big surprise because in those Carolina markets, WWE is (typically) way ahead in interest in those Carolina markets and all the traditional wrestling markets. AEW is stronger in what I would call not traditional wrestling markets… they both put tickets on sale for Charlotte. AEW is in the B building and WWE is in the big building and AEW is ahead in ticket sales. In Miami, neither side is doing good but WWE’s ticket sales are not good at all. AEW’s are okay (in Miami). That’s the barometer on if you’re really hot or cold and (WWE is) cold.”
Dave Meltzer also explained that things are “scary bad” for WWE in some cities, especially considering how hard the company has been pushing its return to live events on television.
Something that Meltzer fails to consider is the differentials in ticket prices. For example, in Miami, floor tickets for the WWE show range from $100-$450, while for AEW tickets are in the far more reasonable bracket of $50-$80.
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