All Elite Wrestling

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All Elite Wrestling, LLC
All Elite Wrestling
Private
Industry
FoundedJanuary 1, 2019; 20 days ago (2019-01-01)
FoundersShahid Khan
Tony Khan
Headquarters1 TIAA Bank Field Dr, ,
Key people
Products
ServicesLicensing
OwnersShahid Khan

All Elite Wrestling, LLC (AEW)[2] is an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2019 by businessmen Shahid Khan and Tony Khan. Shahid is the lead investor and owner of the promotion, while his son Tony is president and head of day-to-day operations. Professional wrestlers Cody, Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson, collectively known as The Elite, are the company's inaugural contracted talents. The three are serving as both in-ring performers and executive vice presidents for the promotion.

History[edit]

Background[edit]

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.[3] 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).[4] 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 became the most attended professional wrestling show in the United States not affiliated with WWE or World Championship Wrestling since 1993. The event was attended by 11,263 people.[5][6][7][8] 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.[9][10]

Formation[edit]

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.[11][12][13] In December 2018, Cody, The Young Bucks and several other wrestlers left ROH.[14][15] 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".[16][17][18] On January 2, 2019, Cody and The Young Bucks officially signed with the promotion, serving as AEW's executive vice presidents, while entrepreneur, football executive and longtime wrestling fan Tony Khan was announced as the president of the company.[19][20] Khan and his father, Shahid Khan, were reportedly backing the promotion with an initial $100 million investment.[21][22] The Khans are billionaires and part of the ownership group of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham F.C.[23]

Brandi Rhodes was announced as the company's chief brand officer on January 3, 2019.[24][25] 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 Joey Janela, Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky, Pac, Frankie Kazarian and Chris Jericho. They also announced a working relationship with Chinese professional wrestling promotion Oriental Wrestling Entertainment (OWE), an organization founded by Cima.[26][27]

Events[edit]

Event Date Location Venue Main event
Double or Nothing[28] May 25, 2019 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena TBA
TBA TBA Jacksonville, Florida[29] TBA TBA

Personnel[edit]

Male wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Chris Jericho[28][29] Christopher Irvine
Christopher Daniels[28][30] Daniel Covell
Cody[26][28] Cody Runnels Rhodes Executive Vice President
Producer
Frankie Kazarian[28][30] Frank Gerdelman
"Hangman" Adam Page[28][31] Stevie Woltz
Joey Janela[27][28] Joseph Janela
Matt Jackson[28][31] Matthew Massie Executive Vice President
Maxwell Jacob Friedman[27][28] Max Friedman
Nick Jackson[28][31] Nicholas Massie Executive Vice President
Pac[27][28] Benjamin Satterly
Scorpio Sky[28][30] Schuyler Andrews

Female wrestlers[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Brandi Rhodes[31] Brandi Runnels Valet of Cody
Chief Brand Officer
Dr. Britt Baker[32] Brittany Baker
Penelope Ford[27] Olivia Hasler[33] Valet of Joey Janela

Broadcast team[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Alex Marvez Alex Marvez Announcer[34]

Backstage personnel[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Billy Gunn[35] Monty Sopp Producer[34]
B.J. Whitmer[36] Benjamin Whitmer Producer[34]
Conrad Thompson[34] Conrad Thompson Head of Starrcast[37]
Jeff Jones[38] Jeffrey Jones

Corporate staff[edit]

Name Notes
Chris Harrington[39] Vice President of Business Strategy
Dana Massie[32] Chief Merchandise Officer
Shahid Khan[40] Owner
Lead Investor
Tony Khan[26] President

References[edit]

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