Christopher Daniels talks AEW.
A utility player for All Elite Wrestling, Christopher Daniels is a guy who brings a little bit of everything to the table. Not only is Daniels a full-time wrestler with the promotion but he's also head of talent relations. AEW only has two shows under their belt, but Daniels has been a big part of each event, setting the tone in the opening match, leading to a big night both at Double or Nothing and Fyter Fest. The two shows have only upped the anticipation for AEW All Out on Aug. 31 and their television debut on TNT in the fall.
Speaking to CBS Miami, Daniels talked about the goodwill AEW has built up.
"The goodwill for our brand right now is at an all-time high. I think because we’ve only announced a small amount of shows, I feel like the demand is certainly outweighing the supply right now," said Daniels. "Once we get to a weekly schedule, I think it might tone down a little bit, but at this point with only two or three shows it makes perfect sense that we’re selling out. People want to see what’s next, they want to be a part of all this. There’s a feeling of seeing something starting from the ground up and being on that ride from the very first day that appeals to a lot of wrestling fans. And so I’m not surprised that All-Out sold out as quickly as it did."
While AEW holds its biggest events on pay-per-view, they have streamed their other large events through B/R Live, which is part of the Turner Media conglomerate. The deal with TNT and streaming on B/R Live is just part of the multi-platform approach for AEW and Turner Media.
When asked about expectations for their TNT debut, Daniels said, "I feel like it’s the beginning of the relationship between us and Bleacher Report Live, which is part of TNT. We’re hoping to grow that fan base there and solidify the relationship between us and them. If people were wary about buying a pay-per-view, they’ll give this more of an opportunity perhaps, and hopefully once they see the product, they’ll see a reason to stick around. This is also an opportunity for people who may not know what AEW’s all about to see it before our television show starts. Maybe this is the sample that they need to decide whether or not this is something they want to commit to once October rolls around."
Daniels competed at AEW Fyter Fest this past Saturday, losing to Cima in the opening contest.