I’d call that a success. One very important aspect to a wrestling event is the arena itself. The show needs a good, solid place to take place and when it is not working, you can tell rather easily. Some arenas are certainly better than others, or at least more famous. Almost every major promotion has had a home base of some sort, but one of them is not doing so well at the moment.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, as of Thursday July 15, the upcoming AEW Dynamite event on September 22 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City is outselling the September 10 SmackDown in Madison Square Garden. The special edition Dynamite, which will be dubbed Grand Slam, has 8,000 seats filed at the moment, with 6,600 paid, only from the pre-sale. On the other hand, SmackDown has sold about 4,500 tickets after a week on sale.
One important detail to the ticket sales is the ticket prices. According to Ticketmaster, the highest priced ticket for the AEW event is $250 and the lowest is $25. The highest priced ticket for SmackDown is $1,200 and the lowest is $56. In addition to the ticket costs, Ticketmaster charges fees, making the prices even higher. The event will be WWE’s first show at Madison Square Garden since December 2019.
This is quite the disparity. Check out a look at some different crowds, plus WWE in the Garden:
Opinion: The ticket prices do have something to do with this, but there is very little for WWE to be positive about here. WWE has been ice cold as of late and it is seeming to show at the box office as well. I’m not sure how WWE is going to be able to fix that, but it could take a long time to get things back to normal. AEW might not be perfect, but it is a lot hotter at the moment and that could be the case for a long time to come.
What is your favorite wrestling show at the moment? How can WWE fix things? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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