All Elite Wrestling was officially announced by the Elite at 12 AM PST on New Years Day 2019. Although reports regarding the new promotion have been leaked in recent months, AEW was officially unveiled on Being the Elite.
All Elite Wrestling Official, Double Or Nothing Announced
The news of a new promotion with large financial backers is one of the most significant happenings in pro-wrestling since the closing of WCW. Little more than a logo for the promotion and for “Double or Nothing” was shown on Being the Elite but later it was revealed that more information would be forthcoming. The Elite plan to announce more details of “Double or Nothing”, presumably the promotion’s first event, on Tuesday, January 8th in Jacksonville.
Join us January 8th in JACKSONVILLE for more information on Double or Nothing…and AEW! pic.twitter.com/72gnO6fqOh
— Double or Nothing (@AEW_LIVE) January 1, 2019
AEW Contract Information
According to a report from the Wrestling Observer, AEW talents are being signed to multi-year contracts. Previous reports have indicated the deals being offered are for 3 years.
The financial details of the contracts being offered by AEW is not currently known. It has evidently been enough to cause ripples in the industry, however. ROH and WWE have been increasing the amount they offer to talent during recent negotiations lately. This could indicate they are feeling the pressure from other promotions.
Chris Jericho hasn’t signed but is expected to be involved. The Young Bucks haven’t signed either but obviously, their involvement has been secured as well.
AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling
One of the biggest questions which still remains regarding AEW is a potential relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling. If NJPW wants to keep members of the Elite, they may have to allow them to perform for AEW. This could potentially be tricky as NJPW have traditionally not wanted to stray from their partnership with ROH.
The most questionable member of the Elite in terms of this is Kenny Omega. He has not been featured on Being the Elite much and has done little English-language media in recent months.
The Elite want to work with NJPW but it is not clear if Harold Meij and company are going to allow that to happen. What happens with Kenny Omega in 2019 then becomes the biggest question which as of yet has no answer.
AEW Television Deal
Also according to a report from the Wrestling Observer, multiple offers for TV deals have been made. The promotion is expected to have a television deal but nothing has been made official as of yet.
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) January 1, 2019
Big thank you to @ringofhonor for giving me the platform to do what I love this past year. And to the incredible roster of talent I was fortunate enough to work with. Eternal gratitude to you all 🤘🏼
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) December 31, 2018
All Elite Wrestling Roster
This is all speculation but here are some speculated names which could be on the AEW roster:
Speculated Men’s Roster:
- Cody Rhodes
- the Young Bucks
- Hangman Page
- Kenny Omega
- Kota Ibushi
- Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Scorpio Sky (SCU)
- Pentagon Jr.
- Brian Cage
- Joey Ryan
- Matt Cross
- Maxwell Jacob Friedman
- Joey Janela
- Marko Stunt
- Tommy Dreamer
- Austin Gunn
- Billy Gunn
Speculated Women’s Roster:
- Brandi Rhodes
- Tessa Blanchard
- Britt Baker
- Jordynne Grace