It was revealed earlier today that AEW Dark will be going to Universal Studios Orlando moving forward to film all their episodes. They will be using the same sound stages that were used by TNA/Impact Wrestling while they were filming from Universal in the past. While this information has been confirmed, the remainder of details are unknown.
We do not yet know if this will be a weekly taping or if multiple episodes will be taped at once. The belief is that there will be multiple episodes taped per appearance since Dark has been running less than an hour lately. It is also possible that with this move, Dark could be shown live on YouTube since it airs at 7pm EST every Tuesday, then film the following week’s episode immediately following.
As for attendance, it has been confirmed that admission will be free of charge and open to the general public. This means you will NOT need an admission ticket to Universal Orlando in order to attend the tapings. If the same process is followed as before, fans will need to show up early and line up for admittance. Fans will then be issued wristbands until max capacity is met and they will return at a specified time later in the day in order to be seated on a first come-first serve basis. If the same layout for seating is used as Impact, up to 1400 fans will be able to attend per taping. Of course, that number varies based on the exact layout of the ring and stage.
This is a developing story and we will update as more information is revealed.
Jester’s Jest: This is an interesting development in total because of the current situation with WWE. Universal is owned by Comcast, who has a multi-billion dollar deal with WWE for the streaming of the WWE Network and airing of Raw and NXT. In addition, there are numerous banners, posters, and advertisements around the parks for Raw, NXT, and WWE Network on Peacock. There’s no way Vince can be thrilled with this.