AEW is bringing it’s flagship show to Queens in an in-your-face challenge to the dominance of the WWE in the New York market.
“We wanted our first show in New York City to be extraordinary and epic in scale, and there’s no better venue to bring out the best in our talent and creativity than the iconic USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center,” said Tony Khan, CEO, GM and Head of Creative of AEW. “We love the concept of wrestling in a non-traditional venue and placing our AEW ring on center court in the awe-inspiring Arthur Ashe Stadium. I can’t wait for fans to experience our live AEW DYNAMITE: GRAND SLAM show in one of the coolest venues on the planet.”
Khan said the Queens show will be comparable to recent AEW supercard events like “Blood and Guts” and “Winter is Coming.”
It’ll be All Elite Wrestling’s first stadium show since its founding in January 2019. It’ll also be the first wrestling show ever hosted at the tennis complex. This show is part of AEW’s return to live touring, which kicks off in July. There will be a specially themed show for each stop on the tour, beginning with Road Rager in Miami on July 7, two weeks of Fyter Fest on July 14 and 21 in Texas, and Fight for the Fallen in Charlotte on July 28.
AEW superstar Chris Jericho says he’s thrilled to bring something new to New York’s wrestling fans.
“We’ve expanded to a lot of people that are just excited to see a different style of wrestling after being fed the same dish for 20 years-plus,” Jericho said. ”One of the reasons why AEW’s done so well is we’re different from WWE, and that’s obvious. We do things differently than the way they do it.”
Tickets for the event, airing live on TNT, will go on sale Friday, July 16, at 10 a.m. ET via AEWTix.com and Ticketmaster.com.