EW, in its initial four years of operation, has found success with its pay-per-view (PPV) schedule. While last year saw the introduction of the cross-promoted Forbidden Door event with NJPW, this year will witness All In becoming the sixth AEW PPV.
However, recent reports suggest that Warner Bros. Discovery might be encouraging AEW to consider expanding its schedule to monthly PPVs, similar to WWE. The prospect of such a change has drawn the attention of AEW star Matt Hardy, who shared his thoughts on the matter during an episode of the "Extreme Life of Matt Hardy" podcast.
Hardy acknowledged the strength of AEW's current PPV approach, wherein matches are given sufficient time to build a compelling backstory and develop rivalries, adding to the overall excitement of the events. He drew comparisons to WWE's past when they had the "big four" PPVs, namely Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series, which were highly anticipated and felt like grand spectacles.
Hardy believes that a smaller number of PPVs makes each one feel like a significant event, fostering a sense of importance for viewers.
Hardy's Take on Monthly PPVs
However, contemplating the potential shift to monthly PPVs, Hardy acknowledged that it might lead to fresher content and storylines, particularly if the rosters of the two major AEW brands, "Dynamite" and "Collision," are large enough to sustain it.
He suggested a model wherein monthly PPVs alternate between the two brands, with a brand-versus-brand event, similar to the WWE brand split in 2016. This alternating approach, according to Hardy, could help retain the allure of big events while infusing novelty into the mix.
The concept of "Dynamite" facing off against "Collision" in a World Series-style PPV creates opportunities for unique clashes and memorable matchups, further heightening the appeal for wrestling fans. Nevertheless, while such a change could bring excitement, Hardy also cautioned against the risk of not allowing enough time for certain storylines to develop organically.
In conclusion, AEW's potential expansion to monthly PPVs remains an intriguing topic within the wrestling community. Matt Hardy's insights shed light on the creative challenges and opportunities that such a shift could bring.
As the wrestling world eagerly awaits any official announcements from AEW, it is evident that the promotion's dedication to engaging storytelling and thrilling encounters will continue to be at the forefront of its decision-making process.
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