So the AEW Double Or Nothing fan rally took place last night and goodness me, those boys aren’t messing around, are they?
Some will say that the rally and press conference was a tad disappointing because we didn’t really find out too many key details – like if there’s a TV deal, or other subjects of that magnitude. To those people I say, have you ever been on a first date and found out everything there is to know about the person sitting across the table from you?
I doubt it… give it time, and the good things will come.
Anyway, since the birth of AEW on New Year’s Eve we’ve been finding out more and more about the new promotion. Let’s take a whistle-stop tour through everything we know about All Elite Wrestling so far…
Double Or Nothing – The Sequel To All In – Happens On May 25
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. See you there.
Starrcast II Is Happening (Presumably Over Double Or Nothing Weekend?)
AEW’s Second Show (After Double Or Nothing) Will Be Taking Place In Jacksonville, Florida
All we know about the second show is that “a large portion of the gate” will go towards benefiting victims of gun violence.
Chris Jericho, PAC, Joey Janella, Penelope Ford, MJF, SCU – CIMA, T-Hawk, El-Lindamen, & Takehiro Yamamura (From China’s OWE) – & Britt Baker Will All Be Appearing For AEW
Jericho and Baker have signed with AEW, the status of the others is a bit up in the air at the moment. Will they just be one-offs? Full-time roster members? Who knows?
Jericho, who promised to help AEW take over the ‘universe’ before seeing his profile moved to the alumni section WWE.com and image removed from the opening ‘Then, Now, Forever’ ident, said he will be on the Double Or Nothing Card.
Hangman Page and PAC had a bit of a staredown after The Elite member said he wanted to be the first AEW Champion – is a match between the pair happening at Double Or Nothing?
There will be a working relationship with China’s OWE. A beginner’s guide to OWE can be found here.
At the time of writing, here is the full active roster for All Elite Wrestling:
- Matt Jackson
- Nick Jackson
- Adam Page
- Christopher Daniels
- Frankie Kazarian
- Scorpio Sky
- Joey Janela
- Chris Jericho
- Takehiro Yamamura.
- Penelope Ford
- Britt Baker
- Brandi Rhodes
Currently, Billy Gunn Is The Only Official Backstage Producer
HBO Vice Will Air A Special About AEW
Confirmed by @dougEwrestling on Twitter, who was at the rally.
Male & Female Talent Will Be Paid Equally
Announced by Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes at the rally. She also said that AEW will be going after the top female talent in the world, and she has been speaking to people all over the world while on her travels recently.
Pro Wrestling Sheet: “Tony Khan also said during a press interview that healthcare for AEW is something they hope to iron out soon. The hope is for employees to gain full-time employment with their company”
Cody Rhodes also said that anyone hurt in an AEW ring will be “covered”.
Tony Khan: “[AEW talent] will have favourable schedules, and I don’t wanna run down guys with too many dates or too much time on the road”
Podcaster From China about AEW: “Just talked to an OWE personnel. This is what I was told about AEW. 1. Expect PWG, Wrestle-1, DDT and AAA to join AEW. 2. AEW wrestlers are expected to wrestle at OWE events. 3. TNT or TBS may already’ve been final, but most likely a tape show and not prime time.”
Cody Says That Wins And Losses Will Matter “More Than Ever Before”
Have that one, Road Dogg.
Cody Says Fans Won’t Be Forced To Cheer For Anyone – Fans Can Be Whatever Fans They Want To Be
Matt Jackson Says All Talent – No Matter Gender, Race, Or Religious Views – Are Welcome In AEW. All They Need To Be Is ‘Elite’
Shad Khan Will Be The Lead Investor Of AEW
Tony Khan Is The President Of AEW
Some sources online claim he’s given AEW a $100million war chest to get going with.
Cody, Matt & Nick Jackson Are Executive Vice Presidents Of AEW And Have Signed Five-Year Deals
Matt while signing his AEW contract: “It’s January 2 here in Tokyo and we just signed our contracts which could be the next five years of our lives. I’m very excited for the next adventure.”
Dave Meltzer later confirmed the length of their deals.
Brandi Rhodes Is Chief Brand Officer
The same title Stephanie McMahon has with WWE, no less.
Dave Meltzer: There’s no television deal for AEW yet, but there are “multiple offers out there.”
Currently, AEW Will Not Be Working With NJPW
NJPW’s current working relationship with ROH is still intact, though. However, that relationship reportedly runs out after ROH’s MSG show at the start of April, opening the door for AEW to get involved once again.
Dave Meltzer: “New Japan wants so badly to keep Omega that they’re now having second thoughts on not working with AEW. The chances of them working together are now “very good” although not a done deal.”
Sean Radican Of Pro Wrestling Torch: B.J. Whitmer will be working behind the scenes at AEW after recently leaving ROH
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) January 2, 2019
AEW’s Trademark Filings: All Elite Wrestling, AEW All Out, All Out, AEW, Double or Nothing, Tuesday Night Dynamite, AEW Double or Nothing
And a few logos as well.