Kurt Angle/Jeff Jarrett did 8,100 in 2009 at Wembley Arena which was their highest ever attendance. Domestically their highest was 6,700 in 2013 in San Antonio for Bully Ray/Jeff HardyBandit wrote: ↑Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:24 amPlus AEW is already more successful than TNA. TNA never had a buyrate even close to Double Or Nothing. I doubt they ever had as large of a venue sold out (maybe those UK shows were big, I don't remember. But they maxed out at like 2,000 tickets in the US. The one TNA show I went to didn't even have 1,000. It also sucked.)
So yea the comparisons with TNA are really a moot point as Tony said they did 2000 WCW business with the PPV buys with Double or Nothing. There was (to my knowledge) no papering of the audience either (may have been some comps) so it was a legit sellout. All Out tickets sold out in record time too.
As for his argument regarding 18-34 males majority of their core audience right now is this demographic. Which of course was the same during the Attitude Era. Looking back at old Raws and PPVs you don't seen many if any families or older folks in the crowds either. But once AEW hits TNT and the audience grows you'll see a much wider range of ages etc. So I think it's Jim being negative and contrarian just for the sake of it and it keeps him relevant.