SportsBiz: AEW Dynamite Defeats WWE Raw in Key Demographic

The post-All Out edition of AEW Dynamite was a rousing success for AEW and TNT. As first reported by Wrestlenomics, AEW Dynamite drew 1.319 million viewers for last night’s broadcast on TNT. That is a MASSIVE increase from the previous episode which drew 1.047 million viewers.

The viewers are fantastic but what’s really trending well for AEW was another demographic rating success. It’s the demo ratings, in this case 18-to-49, that drives TV ad revenue and future TV deals. In this case they bested the incumbent pro wrestling sports entertainment competition WWE Monday Night Raw.

AEW Dynamite‘s 18-to-49 demo rating for Wednesday came in at 0.53 or 681,000 viewers a significant increase from the previous Wednesday, 0.38. Monday Night Raw was watched by 678,000 viewers in the same demographic. The top segment on Dynamite was the showdown between Bryan Danielson and AEW World Champion Kenny Omega. Over 1-million viewers stayed for this segment.

CM Punk Retires…from MMA

CM Punk is stepping away…from the Octagon. Punk, who returned to pro wrestling at AEW Rampage: The First Dance, removed his name from the USADA testing pool and notified the UFC of his desire to step away from fighting.

Punk famously left the WWE in 2014 and expressed his desire to take up the sport of MMA. The “Second City Saint” was a long time Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioner and took up training at Roufusport in Milwaukee. Give credit where credit is due, Punk took the time but the work in and train for a sport that he had a passion for.

His official MMA record will stand at 0-1-1 with a loss to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 and “no contest” to Mike Jackson at UFC 255. The Jackson fight was originally a unanimous decision loss however the fight was changed to a “no contest” when Jackson tested positive for a banned substance.

Punk won’t be walking completely away from MMA however. He will still be the color commentator for the New Jersey based Cage Fury Fighting Championship (CFFC).

The news was confirmed by MMA Fighting.

AEW Rampage in Chicago Sells Out in 15-Minutes

The headline says it all. AEW Rampage: The First Dance, a show that was just announced and has no card, sold out the United Center in 15-minutes.

Again, for the WWE fanboys in the basement, a show with no card, that was just announced in a city that has a major PPV coming, sold out the “Madhouse on Madison,” the home of the Blackhawks and Bulls, in 15-minutes.

Nope, clearly AEW isn’t competition to the WWE (insert sarcasm font).

Now Tony Khan and company have to deliver the goods. It’s LIKELY that CM Punk is going to debut for AEW at this show but it has to be a damn certainty or AEW will really piss off a lot of people.

AEW Sells 10,000-plus Tickets for Rampage: The First Dance

AEW will always have Jacksonville as it’s “home” but Chicago might be turning into their second city (yup). The brand is set to sell out their fourth show in the Windy City, a show that was just announced and is 2-weeks before a PPV-based trifecta.

Rumor has it someone might be showing up.

That’s not too shabby for a company that Vince NcMahon doesn’t consider competition. For AEW it might just be clobbering’ time.

Domino’s is Angry About Chris Jericho-Nick Gage Pizza Cutter Moment

Everyone knew there was going to be controversy when it was announced that death match wrestler Nick Gage would be taking on future hall of famer Chris Jericho at AEW’s Fight for the Fallen.

The two didn’t disappoint, Jericho took Gage’s signature pizza cutter spot on nation television.

Nick Gage slices Chris Jericho’s head with a pizza cutter. Screenshot: AEW on TNT

The spot, along with panes of glass and light tubes, was approved by TNT/Warner before they happened. So everything went as planned and approved.

Maybe…

Dynamite went to a commercial immediately following the pizza cutter spot…a Domino’s commercial.

You can’t make this shit up!

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AEW Outpacing WWE in NYC Ticket Sales

All Elite Wrestling’s New York City debut is already off to a fast start. According to WrestleTix (you should follow), AEW has sold approximately 8,500 pre-sale tickets for their September 22 show at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens.

The venue is current set for 16,500 fans with potential expansion to 19,000 if demand calls for it. It’s safe to say there’s a demand considering all the ringside and floor seats are gone.

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AEW’s Austin-area Dynamite Sells Out

Per WrestleTix, July 14’s AEW Dynamite in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park, Texas has sold out. The event at the H-E-B Center is set to be the first night of Fyter Fest and is the second event for AEW away from Daily’s Place.

There was a lot of questions whether or not wrestling fans would be willing to flock back to arenas after zero or limited crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been reported that WWE has had some issues selling tickets for their live events but it should be noted they’re running house shows in addition to TV events. MLW’s Court Bauer was on Sirius XM’s Busted Open and he announced that MLW’s return to Philadelphia as nearly sold out.

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