Various: AEW Revolution PPV Buys Update, MLW Postpones Dallas Return Event to October, Indies

AEW Revolution Estimated PPV Buys Update

As noted before, the pay-per-view buy rates for AEW’s Revolution event from this past February were estimated to be higher than AEW Full Gear from this past November. The overall number was estimated at the time to be lower than AEW Double or Nothing from this past May due to ITV’s closure of their pay-per-view service in the United Kingdom.

Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that while the official numbers from cable PPV providers are still unknown, AEW Revolution is currently estimated to have generated around 100,000 to 105,000 buys, which would be the second highest PPV buys for an event in AEW history.

Meltzer reported that the PPV buy gains from FITE TV were not enough to offset the PPV buy losses from the United Kingdom. It was also reported that the PPV buys for B/R Live are currently estimated to either be very close to AEW’s Double or Nothing 2019 event or have set a new record for the company.

MLW Announces Postponement of May Event in Dallas, Status of Future Events

Major League Wrestling announced that their return event to Dallas, which had been originally scheduled for May 2nd, has been postponed to October 3rd due to coronavirus issues. The company also announced that an update regarding the status of their other upcoming events will be decided within the next several weeks.

Official press release:

NEW YORK — Major League Wrestling has moved its May 2 event in Dallas/Fort Worth at the NYTEX Sports Centre to Saturday October 3.

All tickets purchased for the originally scheduled date will be honored at this time.

League officials are continually monitoring the on-going coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The status to delay additional events will be decided in the weeks ahead.

The league remains focused on a return after suspending promoting live events, however is proceeding with an abundance of caution.

MLW has considered many scenarios but is not close to rolling out a plan given that the pandemic has yet to reach its apex in the United States.

At the appropriate time, the league will communicate plans for promoting live events outside of the temporary hiatus and update the status of league events.

The MLW family would like to extend our appreciation and well wishes to all doctors, nurses, emergency services staff, first responders, medical professionals, essential services staff and all others on the front line working to address the public health crisis in our nation and around the world.

Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

The first known positive cases for the coronavirus linked to a wrestling event reportedly occurred last month in Australia, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s issue that three fans who attended Pro Wrestling Power’s Shamrocks & Shenanigans event on March 14th in Cairns, Queensland had tested positive for the virus afterwards.

Stardom announced that they have cancelled three more events for the month of April due to coronavirus issues. They are the April 11th event in Yokohama, the April 25th afternoon event in Osaka, and the April 25th evening event in Osaka, Japan.

All Japan Pro Wrestling announced (via Post Wrestling) that they have cancelled this year’s Champion Carnival tournament, which had been scheduled to take place from April 6th to May 5th in Japan.