AEW: Dates Announced for Memphis & Montreal Shows, Sonny Kiss on AEW Departure, All Out 2023 PPV Buys Update

AEW Announces New Collision & Dynamite Shows Dates for Memphis & Montreal Debuts

AEW recently announced that they will be holding a new AEW Collision show on October 21st at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.

It was also announced that legendary Memphis Wrestling announcer Dave Brown will be making an appearance as a guest announcer at this upcoming show.

AEW also recently announced that they will be holding a new Collision show on December 5th and a new Dynamite and Rampage shows on December 6th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Tickets for the upcoming Memphis show will officially go on sale starting on September 18th while tickets for the upcoming Montreal shows officially went on sale on Friday.

Sonny Kiss on Her AEW Departure & When She Learned of AEW Contract Not Being Renewed

As noted before, Sonny Kiss’ contract with AEW expired at the end of this past August and departed from the company.

A recent episode of the Busted Open Radio podcast featured Kiss as the guest. One of the topics discussed included Kiss’ thoughts on her recent departure from AEW.

“Definitely a question a lot of people asked as well like, ‘Where is Sonny? Where is Sonny?’ But, I understand and it hurt to go places and that was the question asked. I’ll be in the supermarket or at training, wherever and everyone’s just like, ‘We don’t see you.’ But, how I’m feeling, it’s like a heartbreak. It’s been a little rough because this is everything I wanted to do. It’s a dream and I work so very hard. I work tirelessly for this not to happen. Dustin Rhodes… he’s a trainer for all the women at AEW and every single time I got sent to TV, I was there hours, hours before doors opened. I worked my ass off every single week to make sure that this didn’t happen so yeah, it’s heartbreaking, 100 percent.”

Kiss also gave her thoughts about first learning that her contract would not be renewed by AEW in late August.

“So I got the call the last week of August and honestly, it took a long time for it to settle in. It took a long time because I just was in shock. I wasn’t expecting it, and obviously for the longest time throughout the past couple of years of there not being any creative for me, I’ve thought about (it). I thought about everything, like why? What am I doing wrong? And I would beg sometimes to go to TV to like, ‘Can I go just to train with Dustin please? Just something,’ because I just wanted to work. I never was just resting on my laurels, I never was just okay with not doing anything. I never was okay with that. So yeah, when I got the call, I was very shocked, very shocked.”

Kiss also gave her thoughts about her time with the Trustbusters and heel turn late in her career in AEW.

“The whole Trustbusters thing happened and I turned heel for the first time ever. That wasn’t even in AEW but in my entire career, I’ve never been a heel before so that was very, very new. I was very, very excited for that too. But yeah, I just wasn’t able to show the creativity and the growth because I wasn’t given the opportunity to do so. So, it was rough.”

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Updated Estimates for AEW All Out 2023 PPV Buys

As noted before, AEW is currently estimated to have generated around 73,000 to 96,000 pay-per-view buys for their All Out 2023 event earlier this month.

Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that based on updated numbers and late buys, AEW’s All Out 2023 event currently has generated around 45% of cable television PPV and around 50% of streaming PPV buys that All In generated. Meltzer reported that this would put the updated range for All Out’s PPV buys to now somewhere between 81,000 to 90,000 and could end up rising to a higher number based on the growth of late buys going forward for the next week or two.

Even with the estimates range increase, Meltzer reported that All Out 2023 is still expected to generate the lowest ever amount of PPV buys for an AEW event in AEW history. Meltzer reported that the main reason is due to this event taking place only one week after AEW’s All In event.