When All Elite Wrestling was founded in January 2019, it added a much-needed breath of fresh air to the wrestling scene outside of WWE.
There were already plenty of great promotions to choose from, but none like this.
Over the years, plenty of people with deep pockets have tried putting on the wrestling promoter hat, and very few have succeeded.
It’s not an easy gig, but in the case of AEW President Tony Khan, he’s made it look easy. And more importantly, he’s made it look fun.
AEW has had a meteoric rise over the past two years. Like much of the world, they experienced a brief setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it seems they’ve now found their groove, which has led the company to new heights.
Tony Khan and company have created an atmosphere at AEW that has attracted top names across the wrestling industry.
CM Punk, Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole are the latest big names to join the two-year-old promotion. And with big names, come big results.
Record pay-per-view buys, ratings, and attendance have made AEW the hot destination for professional wrestling.
AEW’s latest pay-per-view, All Out, received universal acclaim from wrestling fans across the globe. On any other year, All Out would be a shoe-in for show of the year.
But come September 22, 2021, AEW hopes to top the fantastic show they put on in Chicago over Labor Day weekend.
AEW Grand Slam will see AEW make its New York City debut at the Arthur Ashe stadium in front of their biggest crowd to date.
As of the time of writing, nearly 19,000 tickets for the event have been sold, making this the biggest non-WWE wrestling crowd in the United States since 1999. And the crazy part is, the majority of those tickets were sold prior to the arrival of Punk, Cole, and Danielson.