A new report has claimed that people in WWE were “furious” after AEW President Tony Khan joked about the company moving Money In The Bank to a smaller venue.
WWE recently sent out an email to Money In The Bank ticketholders, informing them that the event had been moved from Allegiant Stadium to the much smaller MGM Grand Garden Arena. Poor ticket sales have been reported to be the reason behind WWE’s decision.
There were allegedly just 16,833 tickets sold for the event. Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Podcast reported that WWE had hoped for between 28,000 and 35,000 fans to be in attendance for the show, which even then is a stark difference in comparison to the attendance of the 2021 SummerSlam pay-per-view at the venue. There, over 51,000 fans were inside Allegiant Stadium.
Following the announcement, AEW President Tony Khan joked that he got to break the news to UFC President Dana White, who is holding an event at the same time in the opposite T-Mobile Arena.
“Yesterday: one of my favorite days, including -great visits with fans + media -a trip to LA for the most fulfilling meeting of my life with @wbdleadership -dinner with my Dad + Dana White, where I got to break the news to Dana about MITB moving to MGM Today: #AEWRampageon TNT!”
Yesterday: one of my favorite days, including
-great visits with fans + media
-a trip to LA for the most fulfilling meeting of my life with @wbd leadership
-dinner with my Dad + Dana White, where I got to break the news to Dana about MITB moving to MGM
Today: #AEWRampage on TNT!
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) May 27, 2022
Now, Bryan Alvarez has reported on the latest edition of Wrestling observer Radio that “certain people” in WWE were furious at Tony Khan’s comments.
“Certain people in WWE were furious, although no names were mentioned as to who exactly that was. Khan was happy to joke about WWE’s recent decision to move locations for WWE’s Money In The Bank show.”
MGM Grand Garden Arena was last used for a professional wrestling event on 25 May 2019 when Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling presented their inaugural event, Double Or Nothing. Of the official 16,800 capacity, 12,000 fans were in attendance for the pay-per-view.
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.