No card? No problem.
Darby Allin can try to tell us he was talking about Sammy Guevara and not Chicago’s most famous wrestling son, but it didn’t stop fans and ticket brokers from snapping up every seat in the United Center for AEW’s “The First Dance” edition of Rampage on Fri., Aug. 20.
After more than 12,000 (up from the initially reported 10K) were sold during a pre-sale last week, the remaining tickets for Rampage disappeared quickly this morning when they went on sale to general public. Within minutes, the only tickets available for the show were from resellers.
AEW Rampage @ United Center:— WrestleTix (@WrestleTix) August 2, 2021
An early screenshot of the General Public onsale. First count I grabbed was 1,020. Mostly 200 section seats made available.
In 5 minutes they are all gone (some could re-emerge if someone doesn't complete transaction).
SOLD OUT. pic.twitter.com/NVUTVh2iIj
Sure will be a lot of disappointed people if CM Punk doesn’t show up. But of course, AEW has done everything but announce him, and a bait and switch on their first show in the home of the Chicago Bulls & Blackhawks would be tantamount to promotional suicide.
The United Center hasn’t hosted any wrestling since a WWE house show in December 2018. “The First Dance” will be the first televised event since WCW ran Thunder there in November 2000.
As mentioned above, AEW hasn’t announced anything for the show - one of four in the Chicagoland area between Aug. 20 and Sept. 5. It’s believed they’ll also tape material for Dark and Dark: Elevation at United, along with Rampage.
There will be a whole lot of people there to see it.