After WWE had to move Money in the Bank out of Allegiant Stadium to a smaller venue in Las Vegas, AEW owner Tony Khan threw some shade on Twitter.
WWE has huge plans this summer, which was evident after they booked three premium live events in gigantic stadiums. Money in the Bank on July 2 was supposed to be held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, the home venue of the NFL’s Raiders.
But on Thursday, May 26, WWE announced that Money in the Bank was moving out of Allegiant Stadium to MGM Grand Garden Arena, a 17,000 seat venue. The reported reason for the move was due to poor ticket sales.
Tony Khan, the owner, booker and CEO of All Elite Wrestling, took to Twitter to talk about what a great day he had on Thursday. Not only did he get to talk to fans and media ahead of the Double or Nothing pay per view event set for Sunday, May 29 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but he also got to break the news to UFC president Dana White that WWE had to move out of Allegiant Stadium to MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Tony Khan throws shade at WWE for moving Money in the Bank to smaller venue
As evidenced in his second tweet in the thread above, Khan called it a “genius move” for WWE to compete with UFC in Las Vegas for International Fight Week. That very night is the UFC 276 event at T-Mobile Arena, which will be headlined by Israel Adesanya defending his middleweight championship against Jared Cannonier.
WWE obviously felt confident in their abilities to get a decent crowd to purchase tickets for the Money in the Bank event, which had never been held in a stadium.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that just 16,833 tickets had been distributed for the event as of May 6. Allegiant Stadium holds up to 65,000 fans for Raiders games.
Andrew Zarian of the “Mat Men Podcast” reported that the goal for WWE was to hold more events at stadiums, but not with the goal of selling out each of them. Rather to sell between 20,000-35,000 tickets.
WWE sent out a memo to fans that had purchased tickets for the event at Allegiant Stadium that they will be refunded and have the first chance to re-purchase the tickets for its new location at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
WWE is holding SummerSlam at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. on July 30, and Clash at the Castle at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Sept. 3.