AEW Double or Nothing Price: Wrestling Fans express outrage over Pay Per View price
All Elite Wrestling aka AEW will host it’s Pay Per View ‘Double or Nothing’ this Saturday. With this, Wrestling fans will have finally received what they’ve been wishing for years; A viable alternative to the WWE.
However, the price of AEW DOuble or Nothing has come as a bit of a shocker for the fans.
The WWE fans have been spoiled by the company. The fans are accustomed to paying a mere 10 dollars to receive an entire month’s worth of wrestling. It is here that AEW’s asking price of $50 leaves a bit of a sting.
Hey Cory! AEW Double or Nothing will be $49.99 in the US and Canada on B/R Live.
— BR Live Support (@BRLiveSupport) May 15, 2019
With Tony Khan’s promotion setting a $49.99 PPV price point, the cost on a traditional cable or satellite platform will be $10 higher. Some fans have made their voices heard on social media. Many have claimed that for a first show, the prices are exorbitant, considering that the company is yet to prove itself to a majority of its viewers.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has come out and defended the company on Twitter.
“This mentality goes against every study of PPV business in history. History is the more you charge, the more people want to buy. It makes no sense and I didn’t believe it, but if you study it, you can’t not come to that conclusion.”
This obviously led to a split in opinion among fans. Many have considered giving the fledgling company a chance, the others have decided to skip it completely.
Ex WWE Wrestler Lance Storm got in on the debate too by tweeting:
“I’m hearing people complain about Double or Nothing’s PPV price. Even saying it isn’t fan friendly. I think its fan encouraging. Get together with friends, make it a party. If you have even 2 friends, it’s under $20 each and going to be way more fun.”
People throw Superbowl parties, and wrestling fans used to have PPV Parties. Wrestling is way more fun when attended or watched in groups.
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) May 23, 2019
It’s not just wrestling personalities defending AEW though. Many fans have exclaimed their confusion over the outrage at the price. According to them $40 to $60 is standard pay per view price. They have compared AEW PPV prices with those of Boxing and MMA, who also generally charge $50; And to be fair to them, the WWE with its network and $10 price is the exception not the rule.
The AEW is not competing with boxing or MMA. Its competition is the WWE. It is in this regard that they will have to come up with a better business strategy. The fans may come out in support for their first few shows but may lose their backing if their long term viability relies on several $50 shows a year.
Double or nothing will emanate from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday May 25. The Main Show will begin at 8 pm ET and the Pre-show dubbed “The Buy In” will begin at 7 p.m. Double or Nothing will air live on pay-per-view in the United States. It is also available on the Bleacher Report Live streaming service for the price of $49.99.