During the April 5th episode of AEW Dynamite, AEW President Tony Khan, Nigel McGuiness, and Adam Cole officially revealed that the company will be making their UK debut on August 27th later this year at the world-famous Wembley Stadium for the first ever AEW All In. Many had long expected that AEW’s eventual UK debut would take place at Craven Cottage, home to Premier League team Fulham FC, who are also owned by the Khan family.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has now provided an insight into the reasoning behind the company not opting to run Craven Cottage for their first UK event, noting that logistically the move wouldn’t have been as cost effective as Wembley Stadium.
“There were a lot of reasons the change was made. There were logistic reasons, the building being in a residential neighborhood, lighting and staging issues. It is said to still be an idea Khan wants to do some day but as compared to Wembley, it was cost ineffective.”-WON
Whilst the decision to run Wembley Stadium for the company’s first show outside of North America is certainly an ambitious move, the early signs appear promising, with Meltzer noting that as of yesterday, more than 45,000 people have signed up for the All In pre-sale.
As always, we’ll aim to provide any further updates on AEW’s highly anticipated UK debut as soon as we hear more.