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Local UK Government Exposes Tony Khan & AEW’s Blunt Lies Over All In Attendance Record, Actual Numbers Will Shock You

Published 09/14/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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If you ask Tony Khan or any AEW fan, All In at Wembley Stadium on August 27th was a massive hit. It was so big that it broke the record set by WWE’s WrestleMania. It’s a true bookmark in the history of pro wrestling and a slap in the face for Triple H. However, this is not according to the local UK government. Their statements and statistics have complicated that claim.

According to AEW, the total number of attendees for the show was 81,035. This is not a small number for a new promotion in the wrestling business. Unfortunately, the actual number is much lower.

The turnstiles number was 72,265 contrary to Tony Khan’s claims

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The AEW All In at Wembley Stadium event was not just big for the fans but also for the company. Tony Khan was at the forefront, claiming to have set up a new world record with the attendance at this event. According to them, the number was 81,035. However, the Freedom of Information office for the Brent Civic Centre revealed a new number.

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According to the center, people have been asking for the actual numbers for the event. The center released this message: “The actual numbers registered entering [Wembley] Stadium through the turnstiles was 72,265.” A Turnstile Count is about 80% to 90% of the total paid attendance or tickets distributed by the event. Similarly, by doing the maths, 72,265 is 89% of 83,131.

Compared to WWE’s WrestleMania 32 turnstile count, WWE saw 80,709 people attend the event in Arlington, Texas. The statistics reported by the Arlington Police put the number 8,000 higher than that of AEW’s. One aspect is that they did not include the suite attendees in either number.

The information provided by the UK government was provided via whatdotheyknow.com. This website ensures visitors get all information that is legal to the public by the United Kingdom government. The Brent Civic Centre provides public services in relation to Wembley Stadium, as it is located in Brent London Borough.

Nevertheless, this is not the first time that a wrestling promotion has promoted false claims in regards to their attendance numbers.

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Even the WWE lied about their attendee’s number for WrestleMania

While it is easy to understand why Khan would inflate the number of attendees to ensure better public reaction, the WWE is not far behind in inflating numbers. For WrestleMania 32, the paid attendance was somewhere between 73,711 and 85,888. However, the WWE PR team claimed that the number was 101,763 attendees.

The CEO at the time, Vince McMahon, would later publicly state that the number included the ticket takers and ushers at the event. With unclear numbers on the real attendees, we cannot conclude which event had the higher turnout, WWE WrestleMania 32 or AEW’s All In. To date, WrestleMania 32 is still one of the most attended pro wrestling events ever. This is verified with experts claiming the number is higher than the released 78,000.

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What do you make of the actual attendance numbers of the AEW event? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Christopher Paul is a WWE writer who was recruited in the recent round of the 'ES Draft' for his strong passion for the sport. He is drawn to WWE for the storytelling and drama that surround the pro wrestling world. Christopher grew up admiring Jeff Hardy and the WWE's Attitude Era made a fan of him which he proudly exhibits to this day.
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