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Jon Moxley’s hometown venues have banned AEW

AEW is trying for Dynamite to take place in as many cities as possible. Owing to WWE’s roots in other venues, the company certainly has faced and will continue to face issues.

When AEW Dynamite took place in Cleveland, Ohio, Jon Moxley received a huge pop from the crowd. However, this was still not his hometown of Cincinnati.

According to a report by Fightful Select, both the U.S Bank Arena and the Heritage Bank Arena have banned AEW. It was added that the two venues will not have anything to do with AEW owing to their relationship with WWE.

Jon Moxley has been pushing to get an episode of Dynamite in his hometown, but that seems unlikely.


  • Keith Learmonth

    I’m pretty sure the way these deals operate, competition will be pretty strictly defined. Probably something at least along the lines of “Any wrestling company capable of drawing a similar live audience in this building”.

    It could be just “any other wrestling company”, or even something like “Any wrestling company that has been openly hostile towards WWE interests”, or any number of things, though.

    I’m curious what you think that McDonalds and Starbucks would rent an arena for though… can we elaborate on that point?

  • Broken_MattHardy

    How do you even define competition? Sounds pretty vague. What is to stop them from labeling Starbucks or McDonald’s as competition? A contract has to be very specific in order for it to hold up in court

  • Keith Learmonth

    Because the deals ban -all- competition. It’s not a ban on AEW, it’s a “WWE is the only wrestling company that can use this venue” deal.

  • Broken_MattHardy

    That is not the same thing at all. You live in your apartment all the time. Of course no one else can live their. WWE is not their all the time. That comparison is laughable.

  • Broken_MattHardy

    If they had deals in place before AEW existed, then how could they ban a company before existing? Seems like a bunch of bs to me

  • Luke

    Lol ok. You’re going to be really upset when I tell you about other things such as patents and copyright then…

    It’s not dirty. WWE has contracts with those venues. I have a contract with my landlord, which means nobody else gets to live in my house. It’s the same thing. Get over it.

  • Michael Cole

    Vintage Harrison!

  • Keith Learmonth

    WWE already had these deals in place before there -was- an AEW. They’ve had exclusivity deals with arenas going back to the days of JCP and WCW, where it was to stop Turner from undermining them.

  • Broken_MattHardy

    That’s just a dirtier tactic. WWE has to resort to underhanded stuff when they swear AEW isn’t competition. Such bs if you ask me

  • Keith Learmonth

    It’s not dirty, though. Dirty would be if they were going after the venues that AEW has already used, and trying to block AEW out of those, not blocking AEW from regular WWE venues.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Exclusive deals are pretty common across business in general. Look at the gaming industry, for example, and how many games only release on one platform because the company signed a deal for exclusivity.

    it’s not “dirty schemes”. It’s business. If AEW didn’t want this to happen, maybe they shouldn’t have let so many of their guys constantly provoke WWE?

  • Keith Learmonth

    So… it’s less that they’ve banned AEW, and more that they have exclusivity deals with WWE?

  • CC

    This has nothing to do with WWE. This is a venue (not two as poorly reported by Harrison) refusing to work with AEW because it does not want to risk its relationship with WWE. WWE has not told them to do it. Pretty standard business practice really.

  • CC

    Isn’t just one venue that has banned them and Harrison is basically reporting the same venue as two separate entities because he cannot even get the name right?

  • Broken_MattHardy

    It’s a dirty tactic. Throwing the word business and contractual doesn’t make it not dirty.

  • WALKWITHELIAS

    AEW cant sell tickets thats why they got banned

  • Luke

    Lol sorry, who’s the mark exactly?

    Do you know how contractual relationships between venues and promoters work? They will have longstanding agreements in place regarding how many times a year they will perform, whether or not they have exclusivity over competitors etc.

    WWE employ very smart business people. They will have agreed exclusivity for wrestling at these venues probably before AEW was even a thing. There’s nothing “dirty” about this, these kinds of contracts go back to the territory days. It’s a perfectly legal way to protect your business.

    Silly mark.

  • Steven Davis

    Awesome fact checking by Harrison. Neither of these venues as named actually exist. US Bank Arena was renamed last year to the Heritage Bank Center.

  • Anonymous

    And the marks were calling BS on Cody when he complained about this. More evidence of WWE dirty schemes.

  • F. Loyd B. Pippin

    Other arenas in other areas have told them the same thing. Not surprising.