Jim Ross says that he prefers the quarterly pay-per-view schedule.
In 2022, All Elite Wrestling added a fifth pay-per-view to their yearly schedule, as they introduced the dual branded Forbidden Door pay-per-view with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Before this, AEW only ran four pay-per-view events per year.
The company will be adding a sixth pay-per-view to their yearly schedule later this year, as the inaugural WrestleDream pay-per-view will take place in Seattle, Washington on October 1, 2023.
On the latest episode of the Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross said that he prefers the quarterly pay-per-view schedule, as it allows for promotions to build their storylines.
“I liked the old format because it gave companies, whoever they were, opportunities to build and to build the anticipation for that pay-per-view and that investment that the fans need to make to enjoy it, you gotta buy it. I think the economy dictates a lot of that. You got to have a great attraction. Attractions sell pay-per-views, Conrad. It’s that simple. It’s not the second match on the card, third match, it’s what’s on the poster so to speak. I like the fact that at one time, we were able to build stories and strengthen them so that there is more of a desire to buy and to watch. You got to change with the times, I get that, and I have no problem with that either. I just think the storytelling realm of pro wrestling, we’re better off with the opportunity to build. It looks like you’re right, the trend is going to be that of monthlies. If you’re creative enough to build a good story for monthlies, more power to you because it creates more paydays. I’m a big fan of building the story, or building the anticipation for the story type situation.”
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