Last year, several pro wrestlers tested positive for the virus and it resulted in numerous shows being cancelled as well. AEW dealt with numerous COVID-19 cases since 2020 and was criticized for that reason.
While speaking with The Athletic, Tony Khan recalled having to produce shows during the COVID-19 pandemic. Khan claimed AEW had zero known COVID-19 transmissions.
“We had zero known transmissions of COVID because we did it safely, but we didn’t wait a year to bring fans back. We were the first wrestling company to do it, but we did it safely.
“For the first few months with no fans and we were still learning, it was a big advantage to have Daily’s Place. I got the idea for that because I was trying to find ways we were going to format a wrestling show and was thinking about this a lot.
“The lockdown stuff really hit hard the night the NBA was shut down, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and we were actually in Salt Lake City for ‘Dynamite’ that night, and really everything shut down after that show.
“I had the better of the week to think over what we were going to do and how we would present “Dynamite” on Wednesday at Daily’s Place.”Tony Khan to The Athletic
Tony Khan will continue to monitor AEW and book the company in any way he sees fit. Regardless, this is a huge claim to make but it seems AEW played it safe during the pandemic and reaped the rewards.
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