More on AEW Inviting Additional Fans for Future Shows
As noted before, a limited number of tickets went on sale for the August 27th episode of AEW Dynamite at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida.
AEW officials currently are capping the attendance at 500 (10%) for upcoming shows with the hope that if things go well, they might be able to increase the cap to 750 (15%) afterwards. AEW will not be selling any tickets for the 100 section level at Daily’s Place in order to maintain a buffer zone between talent and staff at ringside and fans in attendance as a health safety precaution.
Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that AEW CEO Tony Khan made the decision to increase the attendance cap for events after studying how Warrior Wrestling and Game Changer Wrestling handled live attendance at their events in recent weeks.
In regards to ticket sales, Khan recently stated on Twitter that the company will not honor any tickets sold on the resale market that were split from group pod ticket packages due to coronavirus health safety reasons.
Thank you to all of the great wrestling fans who support AEW! Here is my full statement regarding the illegal and unethical outdoor seating pod splitting on the secondary ticket resale market, a move by predatory online ticket resellers which won’t work and won’t be tolerated: pic.twitter.com/CTC2ETNviA— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) August 21, 2020
WWE & Midnight Express File Several New Trademarks & Chris Jericho Trademark Update
WWE and The Midnight Express recently filed several new trademarks to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
A trademark for the “Midnight Express” was filed on August 18th by Jim Cornette, Dennis Condrey, Bobby Eaton, and Stan Lane for wrestling and entertainment-related purposes.
PWInsider’s Steven Fernandes reported that Chris Jericho and WWE recently reached a deal for the transfer of two of WWE’s “Chris Jericho” trademarks to Jericho’s ownership. Fernandes reported that the deal was made on June 1st but the actual transfer took place this month. Fernandes also reported that other trademarks associated with Jericho during his time in the company still remains under WWE’s ownership.
Misc. Wrestling News & Notes
As noted before, New Japan Pro Wrestling has been off of television in the United States since leaving AXS TV in December of 2019. Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that there have been no updates for some time now regarding NJPW’s plans for U.S. television. Meltzer also reported that NJPW chances of finding a new network home has taken a serious blow due to issues related to coronavirus pandemic in the country.
During this past Friday’s episode of NJPW Strong, NJPW announced that this year’s Fighting Spirit Unleashed tour will be taking place starting next week and will air on their New Japan World series.
As noted before, Marcus “Buff” Bagwell was involved in a serious car accident last weekend in Georgia. PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that Bagwell had suffered a broken right hip, broken ribs, a broken left eye socket, a torn groin, and a lot of bruising but will not require any surgery to be performed.
Warner Bros. Picture recently released a sneak peak trailer for their upcoming The Suicide Squad film which features John Cena playing the role of comic superhero Peacemaker. The film is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on August 6, 2021.