Could AEW change its PPV schedule?
Since the inception of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in 2019, the booming promotion has limited itself to only four quarterly pay-per-view events. There’s Revolution in the spring, Double or Nothing on or around Memorial Day weekend, All Out in early fall, and Full Gear in November.
Last year, AEW added Forbidden Door in June in a partnership with New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The event will return in 2023, but there has been no indication as to when that date would be.
Overall, the company has maintained a level of avoidance of the traditional monthly PPV format utilized by WWE and other promotions.
During an appearance on The Jon Chuckery Show, AEW president Tony Khan was asked about potentially switching up to monthly events.
Khan noted, while he is content with the current event calendar, he would be open to switching it up should the right streaming deal present itself.
“Well, we’ve been able to really make the events keep that super special feel, where there is so much anticipation building up to Revolution, Double or Nothing, Forbidden Door now, and of course, All Out and Full Gear,” said Khan. “I think that with the current model we have, which is a la carte pay-per-view, true pay-per-view like so many of us grew up with, it makes a lot of sense.“
Khan said that the right price point would be somewhere around the lines of $49.99.
“If somebody’s going to give us that $49.99, I would like them to feel like they’re getting a show they’ve really looked forward to for a long time and are getting maximum value,” he said.
However, he’s not closed to the idea of making that happen should they establish their own streaming platform, similar to sister promotion Ring of Honor Wrestling.
“There are different ways to deliver shows now in the streaming economy,” Khan said. “I think in this current setup, we have a great calendar. If the delivery method changed or streaming enters the conversation for AEW because an AEW streaming platform is something I get asked about every day.“
However, for now, it appears that the quarterly PPV format plus Forbidden Door will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
“I would only want to do it if we can make sure that we keep Revolution, Double or Nothing, Forbidden Door, All Out, and Full Gear as premium, top-end events like they are right now.”
AEW’s next pay-per-view, Revolution, is set to take place on Sunday, Mar. 5.
Transcriptions for some of Khan’s quotes are courtesy of Fightful Select.