Confirms that he will not challenge for the AEW championship ever again if he loses at Full Gear. Says that despite what he's heard from fans, it's "very authentic" and there's "no plot, logic device or hole in that statement."
Contrasts the style of production between WWE's Kevin Dunn and what AEW's Keith Mitchell does. Says there's "an element of danger, spontaneity, and grit" to the way their television is produced. Talks about the importance of building a "family" between the production crew and the wrestlers, and names Darby Allin as someone who's been ahead of the curve in that regard.
Regarding a midcard title or prize, he says that he gets frustrated by the term "midcard." "I think it's very possible within the next month or so, there will be a prize of some sort for the guys rising through the ranks." Talks about the importance of making the current titles respected: "It's not willy-nilly, handing these belts out, handing these prizes out. They matter, and the next one will matter just as much."
The official AEW top-five rankings should be released this evening. Will include rankings for men, women, and tag teams. The plan is to update them every Friday.
Says he debriefs every show, sending an e-mail to every department detailing things they can improve on. Says he likes receiving constructive criticism from fans, and they monitor social media for that.
On the topic of wrestler's entrance themes, he says they plan on increasing the audio levels for the songs, but doesn't want to pipe it into the TV feed, like WWE does, because he doesn't want to drown out their live crowd. "There's a lot of fire in that audience, and we want to hear them. At the cost sometimes of not hearing the music, we would rather hear the fans as loud as they are, because they've been so generous and we're so grateful for them."
They want to have more women's representation on Dynamite, especially outside of just matches (interviews, vignettes, etc). Says you can expect an up-tick in that regard "immediately after Full Gear." Cites work visas for their foreign talent as a challenge for presenting their international women's division.
On TV ratings, he says that many critics are stuck in the past in regards to the metrics involved. "We're not only looking at our Nielsens, we're looking at our social Nielsens, we're looking at our ITV representation, we're looking at our Fite usage, we're looking at an amazing amount of data." Says he's happy with where they're at, but there's definite room to grow. "Six weeks in a row we've gone head-to-head with WWE - the biggest wrestling company in the world - and six weeks in a row, they've been on the losing end." Says that speaks to the "revolution" of AEW.
Confirms judges will be "championship caliber" and that you'll be excited to see them. Non-committal on whether or not judges return for future championship bouts.
Talks about the interest of doing additional "special events," outside of Dynamite and their big four PPVs (along the lines of Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen).