Cincinnati Arena Bans AEW Events Due To WWE Conflict, Ticket Sales Down For Double or Nothing

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All Elite Wrestling started the weekly show of AEW Dynamite last October, and ever since then, they have been trying to venture into new territories every week. AEW has started moving Dynamite to newer areas and are hosting in arenas where WWE has had a stronghold for years.

However, AEW is finding it difficult to break into one of the arenas due to the pre-existing relationship of the arena with WWE. AEW tried to book an event at the Heritage Bank Arena (formerly known as US Bank Arena) in Cincinnati, but couldn’t reach a deal as the arena refused to entertain any offers from the Florida based promotion.

Fightful Select reported this news and said that AEW superstar Jon Moxley reportedly pushed for an event in the area, which is also his hometown, but it seems like that won’t happen anytime soon. Moxley received a great reaction in Cleveland when the AEW entourage traveled to the city recently, but he wouldn’t be able to get a homecoming if things stay this way.

AEW and WWE tussles are quite unsurprising, as both the companies, despite maintaining that there is no rivalry, have indulged in such issues quite often. WWE is reportedly refusing to let go of superstars who could be of big help to AEW and have also banned and confiscated AEW signs in the past.

AEW Double or Nothing is set to return to Las Vegas in May this year for a sequel to the highly successful show from the company last year. However, the ticket sales are down from last year, when the tickets sold out on the very first day itself. Dave Meltzer from Wrestling Observer Radio reports that AEW has managed to sell 8-9k tickets, but it’s not a first-day sell-out.

AEW isn’t organizing a Starrcast event along with Double or Nothing, which could be a reason behind the fall in ticket sales, according to Meltzer.