Shortly after the conference concluded, a story broken by PostWrestling's John Pollock (and later other outlets based on additional audience accounts) noted how fans sporting All Elite Wrestling merchandise were barred from entering the SmackDown Live taping down the road at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Conflicting reports flooded in afterwards, with some being refused entry whilst others were permitted access as long as they purchased WWE merchandise to wear over top of their AEW attire. Videos later surfaced of fans being allowed entry after WWE reps responded to the bans by noting that people were, in fact, "not banned".
WWE's first response couldn't have gone any better for all involved in All Elite. Whilst the rally played to broadly positive feedback in spite of ropey production, little does more for a brand in pro wrestling than when it (either by design or happy accident) bloodies the nose of the industry standard.
Away from coverage and controversy, the company's financial structure was again touched upon after initial statements suggesting that AEW talent would be paid differently. Whilst company chief Tony Khan muttered platitudes about "top staff" contracts, it was Brandi Rhodes' comment on equality on pay between men and women.
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