In a recent interview with UPI.com, AEW President Tony Khan recalled resisting an internal push for using a Thunderdome-esqe video wall on AEW Dynamite.
Khan and crew excelled in the early stages of the pandemic, installing wrestlers at ringside as a de facto crowd, to great success.
However, Khan noted that the idea of using a fan video wall had been mooted, but that it was something he had been strongly opposed to:
I didn’t want to have a video wall, and I pushed back when I got pushed to do a video wall. It was a fine idea and WWE did it, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I respect it, it’s good and it’s economical, but I wanted to continue to find a way to do the shows for the fans every week. And the fans at Daily’s Place supported us. We built like a wrestling territory having a weekly audience. I’m really proud of that.
In the same interview, Khan reiterated his belief that having fans in the room enhances the end product and noted AEW’s commitment to this going forward:
The fans make for a better product. We’re finally selling ringside seats again, and we’ll be doing that every week going forward.
The company have gradually been increasing fan capacity at their home venue of Daily’s Place and are set to begin touring again on July 7th, where AEW ‘Road Rager’ will play at the James L. Knight Center in Miami.