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All Elite Wrestling

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

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All Elite Wrestling, LLC
All Elite Wrestling[1]
Private
Industry
FoundedJanuary 1, 2019; 47 days ago (2019-01-01)
FoundersShahid Khan
Tony Khan[2]
Headquarters1 TIAA Bank Field Dr, ,
Key people
Products
ServicesLicensing
OwnerShahid Khan
Websitewww.allelitewrestling.com

All Elite Wrestling, LLC (AEW)[4] is an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2019. Its inception was announced by entrepreneurs Shahid Khan and his son Tony, with the former acting as the promotion's lead investor, while the latter serves as president and CEO of the company. Professional wrestlers Cody as well as Matt and Nick Jackson, collectively known as The Elite, are the promotion's inaugural contracted talents, serving as both in-ring performers and executive vice presidents alongside fellow professional wrestler and co-founder of The Elite Kenny Omega, whose signing was announced in February 2019.

History

Background

In May 2017, journalist Dave Meltzer made a comment that the American professional wrestling promotion Ring of Honor (ROH) could not sell 10,000 tickets for a professional wrestling event.[5] The comment was responded to by professional wrestlers Cody and The Young Bucks (the tag team of Matt and Nick Jackson), who were 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).[6] 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 since 1993. It was also the largest crowd for a non-WWE wrestling event in America since World Championship Wrestling was acquired by WWE. The event was attended by 11,263 people.[7][8][9][10] 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 and even certain people in the television industry were very impressed with the show.[11][12]

Formation

Nick (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. 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.[13][14][15] In December 2018, Cody, The Young Bucks, and several other wrestlers left ROH.[16][17] 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.[18][19][20] 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.[21][22] Tony and his father, Shahid, were reportedly backing the promotion.[23][24] The Khans are billionaires and part of the ownership group of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham F.C.[25]

Cody's wife Brandi Rhodes was announced as the company's Chief brand officer on January 3, 2019.[26][27] 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 the team of SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky, and Frankie Kazarian), Dr. Britt Baker, Joey Janela, "Hangman" Adam Page, Pac, and Chris Jericho.[28] They also announced a working relationship with Chinese professional wrestling promotion Oriental Wrestling Entertainment (OWE) founded by the Japanese wrestler Cima.[29][30] 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 Penta El Zero M, Rey Fénix, Trent Beretta, and Chuck Taylor, and a partnership with Mexican promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide[31]

Events

Event Date Location Venue Main event
Double or Nothing[32] May 25, 2019 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena TBA
TBA TBA Jacksonville, Florida[33] TBA TBA

Personnel

Male wrestlers

Cody
Ring name Real name Notes
Chris Jericho[32][33] Christopher Irvine
Christopher Daniels[32][34] Daniel Covell Head of Talent Relations[35]
Chuck Taylor[36] Dustin Howard
Cima[37] Nobuhiko Oshima President of Oriental Wrestling Entertainment
Cody[29][32] Cody Runnels Rhodes Executive Vice President
Frankie Kazarian[32][34] Frank Gerdelman
"Hangman" Adam Page[32][38] Stevie Woltz
Jimmy Havoc[35] James Mcahren
Joey Janela[30][32] Joseph Janela
Jungle Boy[39] Jack Perry
Kenny Omega[40] Tyson Smith Executive Vice President[41]
Matt Jackson[32][38] Matthew Massie Executive Vice President
Maxwell Jacob Friedman[30][32] Max Friedman
Nick Jackson[32][38] Nicholas Massie Executive Vice President
Pac[30][32] Benjamin Satterly
Penta El Zero M[42] Undisclosed[Note 1]
Rey Fénix[42] Undisclosed[Note 1] AAA Mega Champion
Sammy Guevara[36] Sammy Guevara
Scorpio Sky[32][34] Schuyler Andrews
Sonny Kiss[36] Unknown
Trent Beretta[36] Greg Marasciulo

Female wrestlers

Brandi Rhodes
Ring name Real name Notes
Aja Kong[36] Erika Shishido
Brandi Rhodes[38] Brandi Runnels Chief Brand Officer
Dr. Britt Baker[43][44] Brittany Baker
Kylie Rae[36] Brianna Sparrey
Nyla Rose[36] Nyla Rose
Penelope Ford[30] Olivia Hasler
Yuka Sakazaki[36] Yuka Sakazaki

Broadcast team

Ring name Real name Notes
Alex Marvez Alex Marvez Announcer[45]

Backstage personnel

Ring name Real name Notes
Billy Gunn[46] Monty Sopp Producer[45]
B.J. Whitmer[47] Benjamin Whitmer Producer[45]
Jeff Jones[48] Jeffrey Jones
Michael Cuellari[35] Michael Cuellari Coordinator[39]

Corporate staff

Shahid Khan
Name Notes
Chris Harrington[49] Vice President of Business Strategy
Dana Massie[43] Chief Merchandise Officer
Shahid Khan[50] Owner
Tony Khan[29] President
Chief Executive Officer

Notes

  1. 1 2 In lucha libre the true identity, birth name etc. of masked wrestlers is kept secret to the general public. News does not report nor speculate on real names even if they may be able to find out out of respect for the Lucha Libre traditions.

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