• Tony Khan Says Double Or Nothing Kicked The Sh*t Out Of WrestleMania
During an appearance on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take, AEW President Tony Khan talked about live fans vs. virtual fans at events, Double Or Nothing vs. WrestleMania & more.
Below are the highlights:
On allowing fans to attend AEW events during the pandemic, and not going for virtual fans like WWE:
“My philosophy early in the pandemic, when our competitor wasn’t doing any live shows with fans and went with virtual fans. I kind of went the other way, and I pushed back a bit on the idea of virtual fans.
I knew it was possible to do shows, if we were outdoors in this amphitheater in Florida, we should be able to get 25% like a drive in movie theater. I was like ‘let’s bring it back.’ And we were the first ones to do it.
This whole time we’ve had fans, and we were doing PPV’s all through the pandemic, for over a year, with like 1,250 people. And yeah, it’s not the full 5,000 but it still resembles a wrestling show.
And it was hard watching, other people are watching people up on a jumbotron in these little boxes. It’s not the same, and the piped in crowd noise is not the same. But there’s nothing like the packed houses, and we’re going back to that in July.”
Comparing Double Or Nothing 2021 to WrestleMania 37:
“I’ll tell you something; Double or Nothing last year and this year, in my opinion, was a better show (than WrestleMania).
I liked this year’s WrestleMania a lot better than last years. They had some fans this year and everyone there worked their a$$ off both years. This year I thought, both (were) good shows. They did a two night show and it was a good show.
But I thought Double or Nothing this year was outstanding and it was the best wrestling show of the year so far. And last year Double or Nothing, during the pandemic, it kicked the sh*t out of WrestleMania last year.
The pandemic version last year? Not even close. Double or Nothing was a much better show.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (June 24, 1996) – WWF Monday Night RAW
On this day in 1996, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.
It was broadcasted from the Brown County Expo in Green Bay, Wisconsin and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF In Your House 9: International Incident’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Ahmed Johnson vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley
2. The BodyDonnas vs. The Brooklyn Brawler & Jerry Fox
3. Vader, Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith vs. Aldo Montoya, Savio Vega & Barry Horowitz
4. The Undertaker vs. Steve Austin