WWE has been running premium live events on Saturdays in recent years, which was reportedly a change made by Nick Khan.
The latest Saturday WWE event takes place tomorrow, with SummerSlam being held in Detroit.
The show will clash with AEW’s Collision show, the first tie that the show will go face to face with a WWE event since it debuted back in June.
Tomorrow night’s show will see CM Punk defend the ‘real’ AEW World Championship against Ricky Starks, as well as several other big matches.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Punk addressed the two overlapping events, claiming that Collision isn’t competing against SummerSlam, as Saturday is a bad day for television in general, and is competing with itself.
“We are not competing with SummerSlam. We are going to go up against college football soon. We have already been up against monster UFC cards every single Saturday. We are not competing with them. We are competing with what we did last Saturday. I am competing with who I was yesterday as a human being and a pro wrestler, and we, as the Collision team, are competing with what we did last Saturday. That’s always going to be what we are striving to do, and I think that’s an important message for the fans to understand.
“Collision is on a bad night for television, but the trade off is that I think it’s a lot easier to sell a ticket to a Saturday night show than it is on a Wednesday or Monday or Friday. I knew it was going to be an uphill battle, but we absolutely love the challenge. I think we’ve outdone ourselves so far.”
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