Here’s Why Tony Khan Chose Wembley Stadium Over A Smaller Venue For AEW All In

1 month ago by Jamie Toolan

Here’s Why Tony Khan Chose Wembley Stadium Over A Smaller Venue For AEW All In AEW

Senior Vice President of AEW Megha Parekh has discussed AEW’s bold decision to host their first overseas event in their history at London, England’s Wembley Stadium.

The stadium, which has a capacity of 90,000 has not hosted a professional wrestling event since WWE’s Summerslam 1992.

Speaking to the A2TheK Wrestling Show, Parekh would discuss what led to AEW choosing Wembley over a smaller venue, while also revealing that plans to go to London had been in the works for a while.

Parekh said:

“The Jaguars were one of the first teams and have consistently played over in London at Wembley for a long time. Tony felt really strongly that the market would show up.

“That’s the incredible thing about working for him. He is a fearless leader in that sense. ‘If we’re going to do it, let’s go for the biggest possible venue.’

“We, luckily, do have some familiarity with the operations of Wembley from being there as part of the Jags games.

“We’ll be able to have the knowledge of what that building can support and set it up for AEW. Our production team is working through it right now in terms of all the details.”

On AEW’s growth since it’s inception in January 2019 Parekh said:

“I’m so excited for AEW’s growth over the last four years. I never would have thought it would have launched and been as successful as it is. It survived as a live events business through COVID and then getting back on the road and continued to grow.”

“We always try to look ahead and see what we can do and what we can expand, but it’s pretty incredible what has been built over the last several years.”

AEW President Tony Khan had often spoken of his desire to run an AEW show at Fulham’s Craven Cottage which has a capacity of around 25,000, which made the decision to aim as high as Wembley an extremely bold one.

However bold it is, pre-sale figures have looked extremely promising with Dave Meltzer reporting in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that over 60,000 had currently signed up.

As for Wembley itself, the venue recently passed a significant milestone in its history, however, the omission of a seminal moment in wrestling history from its celebration has drawn the disappointment of some.

Click here to find out more.

Transcription via Fightful.

If you want to stay fully updated on all the latest wrestling news, click the red bell in the bottom right of your screen to receive notifications from straight to your device!

Share this article with friends