A reported texting and driving incident led to a pedestrian car smashing into AEW’s production truck before this week’s Dynamite, Rampage, and Dark: Elevation taping.
All Elite Wrestling were in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Liacouras Center this week for a live Dynamite broadcast, alongside tapings for Rampage and Dark: Elevation. While the show had to undergo writing adjustments following Adam Page testing positive for COVID-19, there was a different kind of incident before the show as a car crashed into the company’s production truck.
AEW’s timekeeper Brooklynn Ramsey posted a photo, which saw a Honda sedan truck stuck underneath an AEW truck. Very simply, her caption read, “The driver is ok, but don’t text and drive.”
— BrookTheCrook (@brooklynn_in_tx) April 27, 2022
Numerous other photos and videos have since emerged from the incident, including one video where Philly fans, notorious for being some of the rowdiest in wrestling, chanted “You deserve it!” at the driver. It appears as if the driver crashed into an 18-wheeler outside the venue, ending up with the car underneath.
This week’s AEW Dynamite saw the Tony Khan-helmed promotion receive its lowest rating in the 18-49 demographic since 16 February, which saw a 0.31 rating with a total of 869,000 viewers, as reported by Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics. This week’s episode garnered a 0.33 rating from 921,000 viewers in total.
AEW also taped both Rampage and Dark: Elevation last night, the former of which saw a range of matches announced for its broadcast on 29 April. Scheduled are Samoa Joe defending the ROH World Television Championship against Trent Beretta and Darby Allin facing Swerve Strickland in a men’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament qualifier.