Since its inception in 2019, the Tony Khan-helmed AEW has found success in the world of professional wrestling. However, without a dedicated streaming service, the company has elected to put on fewer pay-per-view events than sports entertainment giant WWE.
Speaking on a recent episode of The John Chuckery Show, Tony Khan addressed the choice to have limited pay-per-view schedule, saying the decision to have fewer shows makes sense in terms of giving fans value for their money.
“Well, we’ve been able to really make the events keep that super special feel, where there is so much anticipation building up to Revolution, Double or Nothing, Forbidden Door now, and of course, All Out and Full Gear.
“I think that with the current model we have, which is a la carte pay-per-view, true pay-per-view like so many of us grew up with, it makes a lot of sense. The price is about $49.99, and if somebody’s going to give us that $49.99, I would like them to feel like they’re getting a show they’ve really looked forward to for a long time and are getting maximum value.”
Tony Khan Says AEW Pay-Per-View Schedule Could Differ If They Have A Streaming Service
Continuing, Khan spoke about the possibility of altering his company’s pay-per-view schedule if they were to strike a deal for a dedicated streaming service, something that has been heavily rumored as of late.
“There are different ways to deliver shows now in the streaming economy, but I think in this current setup, we have a great calendar. If the delivery method changed or streaming enters the conversation for AEW because an AEW streaming platform is something I get asked about every day; I think for us right now, the way we’re doing pay-per-view makes sense, but if the right offer came along on streaming to expand the calendar, that’s something we have the capacity to do.
“I would only want to do it if we can make sure that we keep Revolution, Double or Nothing, Forbidden Door, All Out, and Full Gear as premium, top-end events like they are right now.”
All Elite Wrestling’s next pay-per-view outing is AEW Revolution, which takes place on March 5th, 2023. As of now, the only match confirmed for the event is Bryan Danielson taking on MJF for the AEW World Championship in a 60-minute Iron Man Match. In recent weeks, Danielson has been facing a number of competitors to earn his way to a title match against MJF, and on the most recent episode of Dynamite, he defeated RUSH to secure his spot at Revolution.