All Elite Wrestling

All Elite Wrestling, LLC (AEW) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2019.[1] Its inception was announced by entrepreneurs Shahid Khan and his son Tony, with the former acting as the promotion's lead investor, and the latter being the founder, president and CEO of the company. Professional wrestlers Cody Rhodes, Matt and Nick Jackson, and Adam Page, collectively known as The Elite, were the promotion's inaugural contracted talents. Rhodes and the Jacksons are serving as both in-ring performers and executive vice presidents alongside Kenny Omega, fellow professional wrestler and co-founder of The Elite.

All Elite Wrestling, LLC
All Elite Wrestling
Private
IndustryProfessional wrestling
FoundedJanuary 1, 2019; 21 months ago (2019-01-01)
FoundersTony Khan[1][2][3]
Headquarters1 TIAA Bank Field Dr,
Jacksonville, Florida,
United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Products
  • Live events
  • Merchandise
  • Music
  • Pay-per-view
  • Publishing
  • Streaming network service
  • Television
ServicesLicensing
OwnerShahid Khan
Tony Khan
Websitewww.allelitewrestling.com Edit this at Wikidata

Since October 2, 2019,[4] AEW has produced a two-hour weekly TV show, AEW Dynamite,[5] airing live on TNT in the United States.[6][7] CBS Sports described AEW as "the first company with major financial backing to take a swing at beginning to compete with WWE on a major level in nearly two decades".[8]

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

In May 2017, professional wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer made a comment that the American professional wrestling promotion Ring of Honor (ROH) could not sell 10,000 tickets for a wrestling event.[9] The comment was responded to by professional wrestlers Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks (the tag team of Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson), who were then top stars signed to ROH and good friends both inside and outside of professional wrestling as part of the group Bullet Club (and later, The Elite).[10] They promoted and held an independent professional wrestling event called All In in September 2018, featuring wrestlers from ROH as well as other promotions. The event sold out in 30 minutes and had the largest audience in attendance for a professional wrestling show in America held and organized by promoters not affiliated with WWE or World Championship Wrestling (WCW) since 1993. The event was attended by 11,263 people.[11][12][13][14] The event was acclaimed, and it led to much online speculation that Cody and The Young Bucks would expand their ambitions and create their own professional wrestling promotion or do a second All In event. People in the television industry were also very impressed with the show.[15][16]

FormationEdit

 
Nick Jackson (left) and Matt Jackson (right) teamed with Cody Rhodes to help start the promotion.
 
Tony Khan, president and CEO of AEW
 
Shahid Khan, co-owner of the promotion

On November 5, 2018, several trademarks were filed in Jacksonville, Florida, that indicated the launch of All Elite Wrestling.[17][18] Names filed for trademark included: All Elite Wrestling, AEW All Out, All Out, AEW, Double or Nothing, Tuesday Night Dynamite, AEW Double or Nothing, and several logos.[19][20][21] In December 2018, Cody, The Young Bucks, and several other wrestlers left ROH.[22][23] The official announcement of AEW's creation came at midnight Pacific Time on January 1, 2019 in an episode of Being the Elite, a YouTube web series created by and featuring The Elite. Also announced in the episode was Double or Nothing, AEW's inaugural event and sequel to All In.[24][25][26] On January 2, 2019, Cody and The Young Bucks officially signed with the promotion as competitors as well as serving as AEW's co-Executive Vice Presidents, while entrepreneur, football executive, and longtime wrestling fan Tony Khan was announced as the president of the company.[27][28] Tony and his father, Shahid, were reportedly backing the promotion as lead investors.[29][30] The Khans are billionaires and part of the ownership group of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham F.C.[31]

Cody's wife, Brandi Rhodes, was announced as the company's Chief brand officer on January 3, 2019.[32][33] On January 8, 2019, the company held its inaugural press conference on the forecourt of the TIAA Bank Field, where they announced talents that were going to perform as part of the promotion, including former ROH wrestlers the team of SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky, and Frankie Kazarian), "Hangman" Adam Page; independent wrestlers Dr. Britt Baker, Joey Janela, and former WWE wrestlers Pac, and Chris Jericho.[34] They also announced a working relationship with Chinese professional wrestling promotion Oriental Wrestling Entertainment (OWE).[35][36] On February 7, 2019, the group held a press conference where tickets were released for Double or Nothing. Other big announcements included Kenny Omega joining as a competitor and the company's fourth co-Executive Vice President, as well as the signings of Lucha Brothers (Pentagón Jr. and Rey Fénix), Best Friends (Trent Beretta and Chuck Taylor), and a partnership with Mexican promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA).[37]

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemicEdit

As other sports cancellations and postponements were being announced in March 2020, AEW began to be impacted by the American onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Following the Suspension of the 2019-20 NBA season after two players tested positive from the virus, the March 18 episode of Dynamite was held without spectators from Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida.[38][39] Double or Nothing was supposed to take place on May 30, but on April 8, the MGM Grand Garden Arena announced that they had canceled all events up through May 31 due to the virus.[40] Nevada has been in a state of emergency since March 12, banning all public gatherings indefinitely. In response, AEW announced that Double or Nothing would still proceed as planned but from Daily's Place, as well as TIAA Bank Field stadium for the main event match. The announcement also confirmed that a third Double or Nothing event would emanate from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 29, 2021.

On April 13, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had deemed AEW, like WWE, an essential business critical to the state's economy, and had added an exception under the state's stay-at-home order for employees of a "professional sports and media production" that is closed to the public and has a national audience.[41][42][43] In an interview on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Tony Khan stated the pandemic has deprived AEW millions of dollars in revenue from live events.[44]

On August 20, AEW announced the return of ticketed fans to live events, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines including wearing masks, physical distancing, and temperature checks.[45] Beginning with their August 27 episode of Dynamite, they allowed up to 10 percent capacity at Daily's Place and up to 15 percent capacity starting at All Out.[46]

ProgrammingEdit

On May 8, 2019, AEW reached a new media rights deal with British media company ITV plc to broadcast AEW shows on ITV4 with pay-per-views being broadcast on ITV Box Office starting with Double or Nothing on May 25, 2019. However, after ITV Box Office ceased operations in January 2020, ITV no longer broadcasts AEW pay-per-views in the UK.[47] On May 15, 2019, AEW and WarnerMedia announced a deal for a weekly prime-time show airing live on TNT beginning on October 2, 2019—the network that formerly had broadcast WCW's Monday Nitro during the Monday Night Wars (1995–2001). CBS Sports describes AEW as "the first company with major financial backing to take a swing at beginning to compete with WWE on a major level in nearly two decades".[8]

On May 25, 2019, AEW produced their first ever pay-per-view (PPV), Double or Nothing. It took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and saw the debut of Jon Moxley. The event earned positive reviews from critics including Canadian Online Explorer, CBS Sports, ESPN, Pro Wrestling Torch, Pro Wrestling Dot Net and WrestleView, with the last three matches earning the most praise.[48][49][50][51][52][53] Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter wrote that "after just one show", AEW is already "the hottest non-WWE force in the U.S. pro wrestling business in more than 20 years".[54] On September 19, 2019, TNT's website listed AEW show's as AEW Dynamite, a one-hour preview show was also scheduled for October 1 at 8 PM.[55]

AEW releases a "Road to..." and "Countdown to..." series of videos on its official YouTube channel prior to Dynamite and pay-per-view events. The videos consist of interviews, video packages, and backstage segments. The series is used to hype pre-existing matches, as well as create new rivalries.[56]

In November 2019, AEW announced Bash at the Beach, a nine-day series of events, featuring two episodes of Dynamite, including one aboard Chris Jericho's Rock 'N' Wrestling Rager at Sea.[57]

On January 15, 2020, WarnerMedia and AEW announced a contract extension for Dynamite on TNT through 2023 and that AEW would be launching an upcoming second weekly show.[58]

Program Original release Original network Notes
AEW Dynamite October 2, 2019–present TNT AEW's flagship program.
AEW Dark October 8, 2019–present YouTube Features untelevised matches held during Dynamite tapings on AEW's YouTube channel.

EventsEdit

AEW pay-per-view events are available via B/R Live in the United States and Canada, and via FITE TV internationally. Additionally, AEW PPVs are also available via traditional PPV outlets in the United States and Canada and are carried by all major satellite providers.[59][60]

On February 19, 2020, AEW reached a new media rights deal with German media company Sky Deutschland (which previously broadcast WWE and Impact Wrestling shows) to broadcast AEW pay-per-views on Sky Select Event.[61]

PersonnelEdit

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
AEW World Championship   Jon Moxley 1 February 29, 2020 234 Chicago, Illinois Defeated Chris Jericho at Revolution.[47][62]
AEW TNT Championship   Cody 2 October 7, 2020 13 Jacksonville, Florida Defeated Mr. Brodie Lee in a Dog Collar match on Dynamite.
AEW Women's World Championship   Hikaru Shida 1 May 23, 2020 150 Jacksonville, Florida Defeated Nyla Rose in a No Disqualification and No Countout match at Double or Nothing.[63][64]
AEW World Tag Team Championship   FTR
(Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood)
1 September 5, 2020 45 Jacksonville, Florida Defeated Kenny Omega and Adam Page at All Out.
FTW Championship[a]   Brian Cage 1 July 2, 2020 110 Jacksonville, Florida Awarded title by Taz during Fyter Fest Night 2.
Aired on tape delay on July 8, 2020.

AccomplishmentsEdit

Accomplishment Latest winner Date won Location Notes Ref.
Casino Battle Royale (women) Nyla Rose August 31, 2019 Hoffman Estates, Illinois Last eliminated Britt Baker at All Out to win, earning a match for the inaugural AEW Women's World Championship on the debut episode of Dynamite.[65]
Dynamite Diamond Ring MJF November 27, 2019 Hoffman Estates, Illinois The two winners of the Dynamite Dozen Battle Royale faced each other in a singles match for the Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF won the battle royal alongside Adam Page and then defeated Page on Dynamite to win the ring. [47]
Casino Ladder Match Brian Cage May 23, 2020 Jacksonville, Florida Defeated Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky, Kip Sabian, Darby Allin, Orange Cassidy, Colt Cabana, Joey Janela, and Luchasaurus at Double or Nothing to win, earning a future AEW World Championship match. [66]
Women's Tag Team Cup Tournament: The Deadly Draw Diamante and Ivelisse August 22, 2020 Jacksonville, Florida Defeated The Nightmare Sisters (Allie and Brandi Rhodes) in the tournament final on Dynamite to win.
Casino Battle Royale (men) Lance Archer September 5, 2020 Jacksonville, Florida Last eliminated Eddie Kingston at All Out to win, earning a future AEW World Championship match on Dynamite Anniversary Show October 14.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ This championship is not officially sanctioned by AEW.

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