View single post by tamalie
 Posted: Thu Apr 11th, 2019 08:29 pm
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I am interested to see how AEW translates as a promotion once it is up and running on a larger scale. Those "Being The Elite" segments on YouTube get lots of views. AEW, or what amounts to it, sold out the Chicago show last fall. As AEW, it has another sell out coming up. However, these are two effective supercards that have relied on fly in fans with lots of advance build up. What happens when the promotion must run more regularly to get TV content created and must draw on the road in situations in which it can't rely on the internet hardcores from far away to fill the seats?

I realize we are talking about two different promotions with two different fan bases and promotional styles. However, TNA went live up against Raw with Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, X-Pac, Rob Van Dam, the Dudleys, Jeff Hardy, and Mick Foley, plus familiar midcarders from the WWE, WCW, and ECW and home grown stars or guys with indy roots like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, and James Storm. It got killed. TNA, of course, couldn't put 10,000 people in an arena, then or now, if the show was free let alone sell all the tickets as AEW has.

Can AEW's momentum be sustained? Is this a case of there being a huge fan base out there waiting for AEW or is this a case of 25,000 people making a lot of noise that won't translate to this higher visibility stage that requires a larger audience?