Following the success of All In in September, All Elite Wrestling, the proposed new wrestling promotion involving Cody, The Young Bucks and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Tony Khan, is official.
AEW and All In sequel Double Or Nothing were both confirmed at the end of the latest Being The Elite episode, which you can see below:
Some notes on the announcement and what we know so far about the promotion:
- Several names are already under contract with AEW. Cody is one of them, The Young Bucks are not but they will be within a day or so. The other names are unconfirmed as yet but Brandi Rhodes, Hangman Page, Frankie Kazarian, Christopher Daniels and Scorpio Sky are all expected to be involved.
- The contracts offered by AEW are multi-year deals
- AEW, WWE and ROH all competed to sign Bandido, with ROH winning the bidding war
- A television deal is not confirmed but is almost certain to happen. Several stations are interested and have made offers, having been impressed with the atmosphere and production of All In. A TV deal was considered the key to the success of the venture so this is great news for the promotion. Tuesday Night Dynamite is likely to be the name of the TV show given the trademark that was filed several months back.
- Chris Jericho hinted at his involvement with an Instagram post sent out a couple of days ago:
- The relationship between AEW and ROH and New Japan is unclear at the moment. AEW wants to work with New Japan but they have a long-standing relationship with ROH, and ROH is expected to compete with AEW rather than work with them.
- There is no time frame on when the promotion will launch but more information has been promised on January 8 at a Double Or Nothing rally at the home of the Jaguars.
- It is our understanding that several WWE stars are interested in working with AEW if and when they are able to get out of their WWE contracts.
- Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio noted that this was the best thing to happen for talent since the end of the Monday Night Wars 18 years ago but pointed out that it was going to be harder than ever for smaller indy promotions to retain talent with so many groups now competing for them and offering full-time deals.
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