Tony Khan is AEW’s President and he spoke about AEW Rampage’s rating falling after the debut of CM Punk. AEW is the only proper rival that WWE has. Many people still believe that AEW will beat the WWE one day. However, they still cannot beat WWE in terms of ratings.
AEW is still far behind. Rampage had an extremely good viewership number when CM Punk made his debut. However, CM Punk’s presence in AEW did not help AEW keep the high ratings. Tony Khan recently spoke about the drop in ratings on the Monaco Streaming Film Festival.
Tony admitted that it will take a long time for AEW to catch up to WWE.
Tony Khan Reveals Why AEW Rampage's Rating Fell
“It took us two years for Dynamite to hit #1 of the week, and it only took us two for Rampage to do that.
Our second episode has hit that. It’s a challenge Friday nights at 10 o’clock to get good viewership. We’ve seen a great audience though, relative to the time slot. We’re still being top in the slot, and I really believe with our fan base, they follow us.
As long as we promote it and keep delivering great matches, they follow us practically everywhere we go because they really love AEW,” Tony said. “So, within reason, I want to keep finding ways to give them great content without oversaturating, also.
So right now, I do feel like we’re in a sweet spot with the amount of wrestling for everybody. They seem to have found a good groove, and I’ve coined a phrase recently: ‘WYW’. Watch your wrestling, and I just want people to find what they like, enjoy it, and, for us, AEW gives three hours of great TV programming each week.
He revealed that AEW still has fantastic TV rights fees and those are extremely close to that of WWE. In fact, he stated that no other company has ever come that close to WWE since the ’90s. “We have bigger rights fees, by far, than any wrestling company besides WWE.
But I have to tip my hat to how great the rights fees and revenue of WWE are and the business that they’ve built, but it’s also a business that’s been built over 40+ years. And it was also a business that was purchased and has been built up over those 40+ years, as opposed to AEW, which is not a business I bought,” Tony Khan explained.
“It’s a business we started from scratch. And so, not only any other wrestling company that has come along in that time, but no other wrestling company, period, [has had these rights fees]. No matter how long they’ve been around, other than WWE, no other wrestling company has done that since the ’90s.
Which, to your point, was the last wrestling boom, which is why we’re here, I guess, talking about this wrestling boom”.