AEW WrestleDream did not pull in the strongest crowd compared to other pay-per-view events.
WrestleDream has been widely praised by fans as one of the stronger AEW pay-per-views of the year. The night left everyone talking about Adam Copeland as the man once known as Edge made his debut for the company. Copeland came face-to-face at the end of the night with his old friend Christian Cage and took out Nick Wayne and Luchasaurus to save Darby Allin and Sting from a beating.
Despite the buzz and reception generated by the show, it appears to have pulled in one of the smallest attendances in terms of AEW pay-per-views.
AEW WrestleDream highlights issue in the company
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the attendance for the show and explained why he thinks that for a pay-per-view the number of people in the building points to a bigger issue for AEW:
“I heard 7,300. To me, for a pay-per-view, I’m not saying you should sell it out but to me, that’s not a great crowd. It was at 5 [thousand] so I guess they moved some at the end. But the reality is I think they are putting out a damn good product, especially on pay-per-view. But there is an issue that they are not selling.
“Putting on great shows is better than putting on bad shows, but I have seen that putting on great shows does not necessarily mean that your business is going to turn around. You would think so, but there are so many market factors in play.”
Whatever the thoughts on attendance, Tony Khan has not been put off as he confirmed there will be another WrestleDream show in 2024 but does not yet know where it will take place.
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