AEW notes: Possible Full Gear location, All Out revenue, Wyatt
In this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer said that the rumored location for November’s AEW Full Gear is Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.
Meltzer said AEW didn’t confirm or deny the location. He also didn’t specify what venue.
AEW had to move the date from November 6th to November 13th due to heavy pay-per-view competition from UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden and a Canelo Alvarez title unification bout. The show was set for the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri, but the venue is booked for the new night.
Meltzer didn’t say whether the Enterprise Center in St. Louis was an option as the 19,000-seat home of the NHL Blues is available. Rampage is also scheduled for that Friday at the Chaifetz Arena.
In either case, Meltzer notes AEW will likely have to pull Jon Moxley from his New Japan Battle of the Valley event from San Jose, California, which is also scheduled for the same night as Full Gear.
Meltzer noted that of the 200,000+ buys thus far for All Out, streaming numbers (both domestic and international) accounted for 115,000 which was twice the number of last year’s show. He estimated late buys could add another 10-15% to the final number and could be more than usual based on Bryan Danielson’s debut and the buzz about the Tag Team title cage match.
The amount of buys is the largest for a non-WWE PPV since 1999’s WCW Spring Stampede and could be more than the March 1999 Uncensored event when it’s all said and done.
Revenue-wise, he estimated AEW took home just under $5 million in post-partner split PPV revenue, live gate & merchandise, and movie theater buys with the total gross being just under $10 million. That number would be the most since February 1999’s SuperBrawl in Oakland, California, headlined by Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan ($14.1 million).
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All Out set the company’s live gate record ($700,000 on 9000+ paid tickets) with “The First Dance” edition of Rampage bringing in around 15,000 paid for $635,000. The upcoming show at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, will break the gate record.
Meltzer said that the plans for the discussed “major” rematch in early-2022 between Women’s Champion Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa have ranged from a cage match to a hair vs. hair match to everything in between.
“The idea is to build it to be the biggest women’s match in company history,” he wrote.
Meltzer said that it’s either going to be AEW or Impact Wrestling for Windham Rotunda, the former Bray Wyatt in WWE. If Wyatt signs, he said there is talk that his debut would be at the September 29th Dynamite in Rochester, New York — the hometown of former Wyatt Family member Brodie Lee.