Chris Jericho recently sat down with Bill Prichard of WrestleZone. They discussed the possibility of fans returning to AEW Dynamite shows real soon.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, AEW has been holding closed set shows from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. Jericho thinks the promotion is getting close to having fans back in the stands.
Jericho talked about the idea behind having wrestlers in the crowd. It was to keep their shows exciting and relevant as possible.
“For us to have a crowd ready to come back when we’re ready to have them. I’d love to see that soon,”
He brought up how stand-up comedians are getting ready to do shows in states like Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and Texas. The venues would be at one-third capacity to start.
“For us in Jacksonville at Daily’s Place, it’s a 6,000 seat amphitheater. You could put 1,000 people in there and space them out six feet accordingly and have a 1,000 people. I think we’re just waiting on the okay from the governor on that. I say, hell, start with 100 people, start with 200 people, whatever the rule is. I think we’re almost there, because if stand-up comedy has it there’s no reason why wrestling can’t have it either.
Jericho noted that they have the right venue with the ideal seating capacity to make it happen so he thinks it’s just a matter of time.
Earlier this month it was revealed by Florida that the state will allow businesses such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, and concert halls to run at 50% capacity with a new Executive Order that was passed.
The former AEW World Heavyweight Champion also talked about AEW dealing with empty arena shows and more.