The highly anticipated AEW Collision event faces mixed fortunes in ticket sales across various locations. However, the long-awaited return of CM Punk to the wrestling world has undeniably made a significant impact in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
According to the reputable "Wrestling Observer Newsletter," over 8,200 tickets have been sold for the debut event, set to take place at the illustrious United Center on June 17. Unfortunately, the same heightened interest level has not translated to increased sales in other regions.
According to the report, Canadian wrestling enthusiasts have yet to show a substantial interest in attending their country's upcoming "Collision" shows. As of the latest update, ticket sales in Toronto have reached a modest 1,812, while Hamilton, Regina, and Calgary have recorded figures of 700, 1,346, and 3,425, respectively.
Regional Challenges and Limited Accessibility
The precise reason behind the lackluster sales in certain areas remains to be determined. However, it is worth noting that AEW programming is not universally accessible throughout Canada, which might explain why some wrestling fans in these regions are not as familiar with the product.
Additionally, AEW is organizing several events in Canada starting this month, including the highly anticipated AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2, and ticket prices for these wrestling spectacles can be relatively high. On the other hand, CM Punk's much-awaited return to the squared circle is generating tremendous buzz and has elevated ticket sales for the Chicago event.
Punk will be headlining the inaugural "Collision" alongside AEW World Tag Team Champions Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler, marking his first official match since last year's All Out pay-per-view appearance. The trio is scheduled to face formidable opponents Jay White, Juice Robinson, and Samoa Joe on a momentous night.
Interestingly, it is believed that Punk personally requested these opponents for his highly anticipated return to the ring. In addition to Punk's monumental comeback, "Collision" is set to witness the returns of other notable stars, including Miro, Andrade, and Thunder Rosa.
Furthermore, there have been discussions within AEW regarding the possibility of implementing a strict brand split in the aftermath of the new show. However, company president Tony Khan has not officially confirmed these reports, leaving fans eagerly anticipating any potential developments.