All Elite Wrestling recently announced that they’ll be holding house shows, dubbed “House Rules.” Fightful Select has a report about the backstage reaction to the announcement.
AEW announced that as of March 18th, the promotion will begin holding house shows, kicking off with a show in Troy, Ohio. Talent reportedly suspected something like this was on the horizon for a while. One source indicated that multiple wrestlers have pushed for this for several reasons. Another source said that they’d rather get their reps in under the All Elite banner instead of other indie promotions, but didn’t elaborate.
Most AEW talent, if not all, have a “max dates” clause built into their contracts. AEW rarely comes close to approaching that number in a given year, so from a contractual standpoint, the company is covered. It is expected that these shows will be filmed, but there’s no word yet on whether they’ll be distributed or made available to the public.
One talent spoke about how this will help younger performers and more of the inexperienced wrestlers. While there are reps to be had by competing on AEW Dark and Dark: Elevation, being able to work longer matches on the road against more experienced opponents will be invaluable.
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