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All Elite Wrestling

All Elite Wrestling, LLC (AEW)[4] 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 as well as Matt and Nick Jackson, collectively known as The Elite, are the promotion's inaugural contracted talents. The three 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; 10 months ago (2019-01-01)
FoundersTony Khan[1][2][3]
Headquarters1 TIAA Bank Field Dr,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Products
  • Live events
  • Merchandise
  • Pay-per-view
  • Publishing
  • Television
ServicesLicensing
OwnerShahid Khan
Websitewww.allelitewrestling.com Edit this at Wikidata

Since October 2, 2019,[5] AEW has produced a two-hour weekly TV show, All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite,[6] airing live on TNT in the United States.[7][8] 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".[9]

History

Background

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.[10] 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).[11] 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.[12][13][14][15] 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.[16][17]

Formation

 
Nick Jackson (left) and Matt Jackson (right) teamed with Cody Rhodes to help start the promotion.

On November 5, 2018, several trademarks were filed in Jacksonville, Florida that indicated the launch of All Elite Wrestling.[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.[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]

Programming

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.[38] 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). Additionally, AEW events will be available on pay-per-view and stream on B/R Live in the United States and Canada[39] and on FITE TV internationally.[40][41][42] 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".[9]

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 Canoe.com, CBS Sports, ESPN, Pro Wrestling Torch, Pro Wrestling Dot Net and WrestleView, with the last three matches earning the most praise.[43][44][45][46][47][48] 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".[49] On September 19, 2019, TNT's website listed AEW show's as All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite, a one-hour preview show was also scheduled for October 1 at 8 PM.[50]

AEW releases a "Road to..." series of videos on its official YouTube channel prior to 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.[51]

Program Original release Original network Notes
All Elite Wrestling: 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.

Events

Event Date Location Venue Main event
Double or Nothing[52] May 25, 2019 Paradise, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega with the winner competing for the inaugural AEW World Championship at All Out[53]
Fyter Fest June 29, 2019 Daytona Beach, Florida[54] Ocean Center Jon Moxley vs. Joey Janela in a non-sanctioned match
Fight for the Fallen[55][56] July 13, 2019[57] Jacksonville, Florida[58] Daily's Place[57] The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) vs. The Brotherhood (Cody and Dustin Rhodes)[59]
All Out[60] August 31, 2019 Hoffman Estates, Illinois Sears Centre Arena Chris Jericho vs. Adam Page for the inaugural AEW World Championship
Full Gear November 9, 2019 Baltimore, Maryland Royal Farms Arena Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega in a non-sanctioned match
Chris Jericho's Rock 'N' Wrestling Rager at Sea: Part Deux[61] January 20–24, 2020 Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas Norwegian Pearl TBA

Personnel

Championships

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days held Location Notes Ref.
AEW World Championship Chris Jericho 1 August 31, 2019 72+ Hoffman Estates, Illinois Defeated Adam Page at All Out to become the inaugural champion. [38]
AEW Women's World Championship Riho 1 October 2, 2019 40+ Washington, D.C. Defeated Nyla Rose on the inaugural episode of Dynamite to become the inaugural champion. [62]
AEW World Tag Team Championship SoCal Uncensored
(Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky)
1 October 30, 2019 12+ Charleston, West Virginia Defeated Lucha Brothers (Pentagon Jr. and Rey Fenix) in a tournament final on Dynamite to become the inaugural champions. [63]

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