AEW Set For “Lowest PPV Audience Since Pandemic”

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AEW could be set for a lower attendance than usual for an upcoming major show.

Since AEW was formed in 2019, fans have become used to the cycle of four pay-per-view events a year but 2023 has seen the calendar begin to expand significantly.

The second Forbidden Door supershow with NJPW took place in June before the company sent shockwaves through the industry by putting an alleged 81,035 paying fans into Wembley Stadium for All In. Tony Khan had even more up his sleeve when he revealed that WrestleDream would take place on the 1st of October as the company sought to pay tribute to Antonio Inoki on the first anniversary of his death.

However, in a far cry from Wembley Stadium, it seems WrestleDream could take place in front of a far smaller crowd. Dave Meltzer noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that 5,005 tickets had been sold for the show in Seattle and noted that “it looks to be the lowest PPV audience since the pandemic.”

What is the card for AEW WrestleDream?

The confirmed card so far for the show on the 1st of October is below and features many of AEW’s top stars –

  • Bryan Danielson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Hangman Adam Page vs. Swerve Strickland
  • FTR (c) vs. Aussie Open – AEW Tag Team Championship
  • Better Than You Bay-Bay (c) vs. The Righteous – ROH Tag Team Championship
  • Chris Jericho, Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega vs. The Don Callis Family – Konosuke Takeshita, Sammy Guevara & Will Ospreay
  • Christian Cage vs. Darby Allin – TNT Championship – 2 Out of 3 Falls
  • Eddie Kingston (c) vs. Katsuyori Shibata – ROH World & NJPW STRONG Openweight Titles
  • Kris Statlander (c) vs. Julia Hart – TBS Championship
  • The Young Bucks vs. The Gunns vs. Lucha Bros vs. Orange Cassidy & HOOK