A lot is made about the downward slide of WWE’s live attendance figures in recent years. With significant drops being recorded in the companies quarterly financial results that may have contributed to the recent stock price drop.
But it would seem that as we come close to the holiday season, all the big companies are having a harder time than usual selling out venues.
AEW Dynamite this week held in the 8,600 seat Bojangles Arena in Charlotte North Carolina was the first AEW event that was a quote ‘half sell” with most of the hard camera side tarped off. The final attendance was said to be in the realm of 4,600 fans.
While previous editions of Dynamite haven’t sold out before the day of the event, they had a surprisingly decent amount of walkups that ensured full houses. But for some reason, said walkups didn’t happen this week.
This may raise some concerns amongst AEW higher-ups as there are around 1,200 tickets still available for tomorrow’s Full Gear PPV on Ticketmaster (and another 600 on StubHub)
New Japan Pro Wrestling has also seen a drop in ticket sales with last weeks Power Struggle show drawing 5,458 fans in the Edion Arena is Osaka Japan. This is down over 400 fans from last years Power Struggle show held in the same venue. New Japan’s next show is this weekend in San Jose California at the San Jose Civic Center, and that is also far from sold out.
Finally, on the WWE side of things, next week’s Raw and Smackdown are both not sold out yet with around 2,000 or so tickets for each show still available on Ticketmaster and quite a few still available on StubHub. There are also quite a significant amount of tickets available for NXT Takeover: War Games and Survivor Series. For some reason, the only WWE show I have mentioned that has a seating chart illustrating how many tickets remain unsold is NXT Takeover.
Sir Mitch Says: I don’t know if this is a result of people saving their pennies as we get close to Christmas, a flooded market of great wrestling shows or a combination of both…but the fact that nobody is selling out venues right now is quite frankly shocking!