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WWE Star Pat McAfee Takes Aim at AEW’s Attendance Figures

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WWE’s Pat McAfee made a pointed remark about AEW’s attendance figures, sparking conversation in the wrestling community.

Key Moments

  • During a live show in Philadelphia, ahead of WrestleMania 40, McAfee critiqued Dominik Mysterio’s relevance without Rhea Ripley, hinting at AEW’s smaller crowds.
  • McAfee’s comment about potentially seeing performers “in front of 600 people” at “that other place” was a thinly veiled reference to AEW.
  • This isn’t McAfee’s first jab at AEW’s turnout. He previously commented on empty seats at AEW’s Double or Nothing 2023.
  • The remark came in front of WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley, who has personal connections to AEW through her fiancé, Buddy Matthews, an AEW talent since early 2022.

Why It Matters

The ongoing rivalry between WWE and AEW often plays out through verbal jabs, with attendance figures being a frequent point of contention. McAfee’s comments highlight the competitive nature of the wrestling industry, where crowd size is seen as a major indicator of a promotion’s success and appeal. This, in turn, fuels fan debates and discussions about the health and popularity of WWE versus AEW.

Looking Ahead

As WrestleMania 40 approaches, the wrestling world watches closely. How AEW responds to these comments, if at all, and the impact this rivalry has on fans’ preferences and perceptions, remains to be seen.

What are your thoughts on WWE and AEW’s ongoing rivalry and how do you think it affects the wrestling industry? Let us know in the comments!

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