All Elite Wrestling has been struggling to grow its audience and sell tickets for some time now. However, Tony Khan recently stated that they are on their best run of pay-per-views since the debut of AEW Collision.
Last week, QT Marshall announced that he would leave AEW in late December. Marshall also stated that the company has changed and is heading in a different direction. He has been a part of AEW since 2019.
On Monday, Vice President of Post Production Kevin Sullivan was let go by AEW. Sullivan was a longtime employee of the company.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer reported that many people in AEW weren’t thrilled about Sullivan’s departure.
“There’s a lot of people that were not happy about this today, which is also one of the reasons I think why there’s a lot of, all-day hearing negativity, is because of this one because he’s been there from the start, and there’s this feeling that the company is changing. The feeling that it’s changed and it’s become something that it wasn’t.”
Meltzer stated that he got a lot of negative feedback from people in AEW due to the low attendance at AEW Collison this past Saturday. According to WrestleTix, 2,258 tickets were distributed for the show.
“They’re grossing a lot of money. It’s interesting because today I’ve gotten so much feedback from people in and around AEW, and it’s a lot of negativity right now.
And I think some of that stems from the show. Saturday night obviously was a very poor crowd. It’s interesting because there’s a lot of negativity while at the same time the company’s grossing more money by far than it ever has, the last couple of months. It’s been very, very successful in that sense. As far as turning profit, that’s a very different story. And as far as the value of the company… there’s economic aspects of the company that look really good, but there’s still this feeling [of negativity].
Understandably, in wrestling, it’s always ‘who’s number one’, and they are far from number one right now. They were a lot more competitive in things like television ratings and attendance and things like that 18 months ago than they are now.”