Everything you need to know about All Elite Wrestling
Backed by the Khan family, AEW looks to become the next big superpower in wrestling.
Finally, after months of teasing, we finally know what the future holds for Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and a few more members of The Elite. All Elite Wrestling, backed by The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Shahid and Tony Khan, is officially born.
On the latest Being The Elite after New Year’s, the group came together and showed the world what they had planned: another wrestling promotion, with another event similar to All In on the way called Double or Nothing. Everything was set for a monster unveil, and they more than delivered.
At a press conference held in Jacksonville, The Young Bucks and Cody (all Executive Vice President’s) shared some major details to wrestling fans in attendance and the many watching around the world. Here are just some of the major developments that were shared:
– Billy Gunn was named as the first backstage producer of the company. Cody stated that all wrestlers will be paid properly, and Brandi, the Chief Branding Officer, stating there would be equal pay involved for the women of the roster.
– Wins and losses will matter and there will be a focus on tag team and women’s wrestling.
– “If you’re an Elite athlete, we want you”, according to Matt Jackson. While this could mean anything, it brings into the effect of any talent that wants a shot is welcome.
– A partnership has already been announced, as AEW will team up with Chinese promotion OWE. Oriental Wrestling Entertainment will bring over several talent to the AEW roster in a way to expand exposure and to make AEW’s debut a memorable one. After this announcement, stay tuned for more promotions willing to do work with AEW.
– The sequel to All In, Double or Nothing, will take place a the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 25th. Home to several boxing and MMA events, the venue can hold about 17,000+ people. They also announced a second event to take place in Jacksonville later in the year. The Khan’s will be a part of the event and proceeds will go to preventing gun violence.
When it came to talent, a who’s who of people will be a part of AEW. Brandi introduced Britt Baker to the women’s division. Wrestling for Ring of Honor and NXT, Baker is a huge grab for the company. A rising star, Hangman Page has decided to leave ROH and join his Elite buddies. When proclaiming he would be the first AEW World Champion, PAC showed up. Formerly Neville in WWE, PAC was unhappy with his role and moved on, thriving in the independent scene. He is already the Open the Dream Gate Champion for Dragon Gate. He could very well open the door for another partnership between AEW and the Japanese company.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman is also one of the latest free agents to make his way to AEW. Not even in his late 20’s, MJF’s persona was made for AEW. Keep an eye out for him, folks. As he was berating Conrad Thompson, Joey Janela and Penelope Ford snuck up on stage to attack MJF. Janela and MJF have a history, and Janela is also a wrestling free agent. He will still be allowed to create several Spring Break shows, and could possibly collaborate with AEW. Ford is another talent for the women’s division that can make a big splash.
Finally, in the biggest surprise of the evening, Chris Jericho made his presence felt. The multi-time WWE Champion has shocked the world by joining a rival company. While he has recently competed for NJPW, this is completely different. Nobody in WWE expected this, and with the signing of Jericho, anything is possible.
Names that weren’t mentioned included Marty Scurll and Kenny Omega. Still contracted but have expiring deals, it will be interesting to see if they stay on with their current organizations, join WWE or make history with AEW. More information is expected to be revealed as time goes on, including talent, matches and TV deals.
It is a new era in pro wrestling, one that has people excited about the sport for the first time in a long time. Can AEW succeed? Will it become a true competition to WWE? More importantly, how will this affect the wrestling landscape as a whole?
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