The AEW debut of Jeff Jarrett has led to further reports about the company’s plan to start doing live events more often.
It’s expected that Jarrett will be aligned with Lethal’s group since the two men worked together for many years when Jarrett was running TNA Wrestling. The group also includes Sonjay Dutt (another TNA veteran), Satnam Singh and Cole Karter, who cost Allin the match against Lethal by dressing up as a fake Sting.
The latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter by Dave Meltzer has shed some light on Jarrett’s role by noting that he is going to help AEW when it comes to international business as well as live events (or “house shows” as they have been called in wrestling. Meltzer added that it’s a “tougher time to expand in that regard because as a live event business, AEW is the coldest it has been since it opened.”
It was also noted that the key draws for house shows would be guys like Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, MJF, Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson. All of them, for different reasons, probably shouldn’t be doing many live events at this point in their careers. In MJF’s case, it’s almost part of his gimmick that he doesn’t wrestle that often.
Meltzer went on to add that they should avoid doing house shows in large buildings while choosing places they haven’t run yet.
“If they are doing house shows it should probably be in 2,000-seat buildings in places that they haven’t run. But on the flip side, house shows would be a great developmental tool for the younger wrestlers who are not getting enough ring time to improve at an optimum level. The question is doing them economically and having the high end of the card with enough drawing power and what would be considered real main events, but focus on the younger talent with undercard matches that have time, or have the younger talent work with veterans and provide unique match-ups.”
The next AEW pay-per-view is called Full Gear on November 19th with Jon Moxley set to defend the AEW World Title against MJF in the main event.