On a recent episode of his “Oh… You Didn’t Know?” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Road Dogg addressed AEW’s successful ticket sales ahead of their All In 2023 pay-per-view event at Wembley Stadium.
As the Senior Vice President of Live Events for WWE, Dogg weighed in on the importance of competition between promotions in the wrestling industry and shared a piece of advice for Tony Khan’s AEW.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On AEW’s accomplishments to date: “Advice goes both ways. They’ve done awesome at Wembley — that’s an incredible amount of tickets sold. To me, it’s about business. That’s where I’m at, as I’m not in the trenches fighting for a spot anymore. Instead, I’m on the other side of the fence, thinking about the business aspect. From that standpoint, what a huge success it is, and kudos to them for doing it. I think the timing is right. It feels like something is rumbling, and dare I say ’97 [start of the Monday Night Wars], but it feels like the business is either taking off — which it has already — and that [All In] is proof of it.”
On what advice he’d offer to AEW: “The advice I would give is, ‘What can’t I do?’ Because I’ll try everything but that. I’d like to do everything I can do — and I’m talking about changing the top of where the videos go or the national anthem goes. It’s about making it the best possible experience for the fan who has spent their hard-earned money.”
On the benefits of a competitive field: “I think it’s awesome to have competition. I think them doing great makes us do great, too. I think it’s a good time to be in the business.”
On what WWE has that AEW might lack: “I think we have a great leadership team in place, the right people are in the right spots to make things happen. I don’t know if I can say the same for the other [AEW], and yet I have no idea how they are run. I want to be very clear about that. I’ve only heard from individuals. I have no idea since I haven’t experienced it.”