The NBA and NHL Playoffs are underway, so Tony Khan has been forced to adjust the timing of his wrestling show TripleMania which is affected by what’s happening with the big sports leagues. This year, however, the NBA playoffs have created a unique challenge for Tony, who has to switch up the timing of his pay-per-view “AEW Double or Nothing.”
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The Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat currently share their 4-2 lead in a best-of-7 series to determine the winner of the Eastern Conference and East’s representative in the NBA Finals. If they go to a seventh game, it will take place on Sunday night, along with AEW‘s PPV.
“If there is a Game 7, I will make sure, I’ve actually planned ahead,” Khan said while talking to Richard Deitsch of Sports Media. “First of all, there will not be any long gap, I’m not going to hold [the show] up. I planned where we’re going to start a little bit later in terms of when the action’s going to start and we have a little bit more in the window, so I expect the total night of wrestling to be very similar to what we did at [AEW] Revolution.”
“AEW Revolution” contained a pre-show with three matches. “AEW Revolution” had nine matches in total, which culminated in the event lasting five hours. Wrestling fans traditionally don’t like events that extend beyond four hours, so Khan is going to deal with that issue.
“There would be some great action before the game and after the game, in case anybody does end up watching it,” Khan stated. “The pre-show, as we call it the Buy-In, will maybe not have as much action as the last show, and the total night of wrestling will have more because I plan to put more in the pay-per-view, but it’ll be the same total amount of wrestling we’ve been doing. I’m not trying to keep people forever, but it’s a holiday weekend in particular, and the last one was not, so it might be even better received now.
Boxing has been notorious over the years for holding off the main attraction from shows until a conflicting event ends, making sure their main event goes on unopposed. Khan plans to do something similar.
“I’m not going to have [the event last forever], we have plenty of action, it’s going to be a great night,” Khan said. “And I promise if there is a Game 7, a lot of the best action will be at the very end, including the main event … There’s so much on the card, so I plan to leave a lot for later.”
Double or Nothing will be headlined by AEW World Champion Adam Page defending his belt against CM Punk, along with the finals of the “Owen Hart Cup Tournament” for both the men and women.