AEW have struck a ‘good deal’ with boxing legend Mike Tyson


Mike Tyson may be 53, but he is still one of the biggest stars in the world.

The man is a household name and AEW have secured him for their Double or Nothing pay-per-view that goes down on May 23.

Mike Tyson will make his first appearance in AEW at Double or Nothing

Mike Tyson will make his first appearance in AEW at Double or Nothing

The Baddest Man on the Planet will be presenting the inaugural TNT title that Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer will be competing for at the behind-closed-doors event.

They meet after battling their way through a tournament, but adding Tyson to the mix certainly makes the occasion feel grander.

According to Dave Meltzer, AEW got a ‘good deal’ to have Tyson appear, although that doesn’t mean it was on the cheap.

Tyson cost the WWE $3.5 million when he appeared at WrestleMania 14 back in 1998, but that was money well spent by AEW’s now-rivals.

His presence would create a boom that helped WWE turn the tide in their Monday Night War against WCW. 22 years on, can he recreate that magic for AEW?

Mike Tyson making his WWE debut was a huge boost to the company

Mike Tyson making his WWE debut was a huge boost to the company

Meltzer said: “The idea is getting mainstream publicity for the title, the winner and the company.”

There’s no denying that Tyson still has a ton of fame and a ton of fans. The fact that he has been training for a comeback to boxing recently and has looked in magnificent shape in the process has renewed interest, too.

While we don’t know specifics on what AEW are paying Tyson, we do know they made a small profit in April.

The company did a block of tapings for AEW Dynamite at QT Marshall’s gym in Norcross, Georgia and that significantly reduced overheads.

Tony Khan is the president of AEW and has done astute business thus far

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Tony Khan is the president of AEW and has done astute business thus far

They signed a new deal with TNT back in January, too, so turning a profit during a pandemic is certainly something to celebrate.

Even more so when, unlike WWE, they haven’t had to fire anybody just yet.

May will be different, of course. They’re back to running live shows and have a pay-per-view to provide this month. That’s on top of Tyson’s fee.

AEW continue to win the war on Wednesday nights against NXT and they brought in 50,000 more viewers this past week with a total of 654,000.

All in all it’s been a promising opening 16 months for the company.

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