'A lot concern' over fans leaving AEW Dynamite early

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The May 8 episode of AEW Dynamite saw concern that fans would leave the show early to watch the hockey game between Edmonton and Vancouver.

Last night, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.
While AEW took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the hockey took place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Speaking about backstage concerns on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained:
“They did okay, the crowd…..because there was a lot of concern about the crowd leaving because of the hockey game. And a lot of people left right at whatever time it was. I think they’re Mountain Time, so it would have been eight o’clock. A lot of people left at eight o’clock.
“You know, they didn’t stay for the Ring of Honor stuff. But they did stay like I was told, like, people did not leave.
“They wanted to see who…..because the last thing on the show was the announcement of who the Team AEW was and people did stay for that.

“The only reshot people all over that building in Edmonton Oilers jerseys. They were everywhere. The other, you know, because they were playing Vancouver.
“And when they brought up the show in Vancouver, and that, like Kyle O’Reilly talked about wrestling in Vancouver. That was probably the most boos it was you couldn’t yet tell other than Don Callis.
“That’s probably the most boos because of the fact that they’re playing Vancouver in the playoffs right now in Edmonton is a major hockey city.”

Team AEW were revealed on last night’s Dynamite, thanks to Kenny Omega using EVP privilege from a hospital bed.
In his announcement, it was revealed that Young Bucks, Jack Perry and Kazuchika Okada will take on FTR, Eddie Kingston and Bryan Danielson in an Anarcy in the Arena match at Double of Nothing on May 26.

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