Tony Khan wouldn’t mind having AEW Dynamite run unopposed if the rumored NXT move comes to fruition.
Khan recently spoke with Forbes and was asked about the rumor that WWE will move NXT to Tuesday nights in the near future. Khan said he doesn’t know if that’s true or not, but he loves the idea of having the wrestling audience to himself on Wednesdays since AEW has historically done good numbers in that situation.
“I don’t know if that’s a real thing or not, but it would be great to be unopposed and I’d love to have an unopposed audience. When we have, we’ve done some really good numbers” Khan said, “and I think that would be awesome.”
In addition to the weekly television schedule, Khan also spoke about AEW’s pay-per-view schedule and the potential changes fans could see in 2021. AEW has established their “big four” pay-per-views—AEW Revolution, Double or Nothing, All Out and Full Gear—as well as several streaming and live special events, but he doesn’t see them adding any more events to the major PPV calendar.
“We have a lot of other huge events, right now a lot of our big specials are being featured on Dynamite or on streaming specials—Fyter Fest, New Year’s Smash, Winter’s Coming, Fight for the Fallen—we’ve developed different relationships with different platforms, but our primary partner is Warner (Media).”
While the company made their PPV home on Saturdays since their inception, Revolution marks AEW’s first-ever Sunday night pay-per-view. He still wants to keep Revolution and Full Gear on Saturdays if possible, but he’s “strongly considering” moving the other two PPVs to Sundays since they fall on a holiday weekend.
“On the three-day holidays, I think it’s good. I actually would argue that for Double or Nothing or All Out, a large percentage of the country is going to have Monday off, and in England those are bank holidays,” Khan said, “so a large percentage of England, people aren’t really working very much. Most people have Labor Day and Memorial Day off here and abroad.
“Double or Nothing, I am strongly considering going to Sunday. All Out I really think it would be really smart to do Sunday because then I don’t compete with College Football,” Khan explained, “and the NFL won’t be going head-to-head. Full Gear I will keep on a Saturday. Revolution and Full Gear, whenever possible, I will do on a Saturday.”