Report: Anarchy In The Arena Plans Scrapped By Venue

AEW's Anarchy in the Arena match had some issues to overcome

Anarchy in the Arena at AEW’s Double or Nothing 2023 event received plaudits over the last week, but in the lead up to the match things didn’t go quite as smooth as those involved would’ve liked. According to a report from Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the time to prepare for this bout was far shorter than it was the year previous. 

“They didn’t have the preparation time as they did for Anarchy in the Arena last year, nor did the production team, because the Las Vegas Golden Knights had a playoff game the night before in the building. So that delayed moving all the production in as compared to a usual show. Last year for the match, the group came in the night before to scout out the arena for ideas and this year that wasn’t possible. In addition, the T Mobile Arena gave the company limitations for the match and a lot of ideas were shut down by the building because of things that happened in last year’s match.”

Even with limitations, members of The Elite and Blackpool Combat Club managed to wrestle around the arena, with the likes of Claudio Castagnoli ending up outside the arena at one point.

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