People are wondering right now what is AEW in wrestling. It is the most discussed topic among wrestling fans. In this post, we will unravel all the facts about AEW.
Introduction to AEW And its Owner
All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is another wrestling sports entertainment industry like World Wrestling Entertainment(WWE).
The founder of AEW is Tony Khan, son of famous Pakistani American businessman Shahid “Shad” Khan. They both are owners, just separating themselves in designations.
Shahid and Tony established AEW on the 1st of January, 2019.
It is Shahid Khan who invested in the company and provided capital. But it is very necessary to know that who is Shahid Khan. Because it is no easy task for everyone to open a wrestling industry after a royal and rich man like Mr. Vince MacMohan.
If someone commences this type of business, either he is a rich celebrity or an eminent businessman. And Yes, Shahid Khan is.
If we talk about Shahid Khan’s achievement in business. He is the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL), Fulham F.C. of the English Football League Championship.
Shahid Khan struggled a lot in his earlier life. He moved to America from Lahore at the age of 16. In his graduation days, he even washed dishes for daily wages.
His story to success is very inspirational. He worked for an automotive manufacturing company, Flex-N-Gate Corporation and later owned it.and made it successful. Shahid also appeared on the front cover of Forbes magazine in 2019.
Speculations About The AEW
Before the starting of AEW, many speculations came in front related to its performance. Many said it will break the WWE ratings.
As you know, from quite some time WWE is facing the rating issue. Recently in WWE Hell In The Cell pay per view main event where Seth Rollins faced The Fiend for WWE Universal Championship, Audiences showed their anger in the arena itself and boo on Mr. Macmohan and WWE.
The reason is the result of the match, between Seth Rollins and The Fiend ended with Disqualification. And why wouldn’t they? The match was considered the most awaited match of that time. Ending it with disqualification made fans angry. At the end of the match, spectators chanted AEW, AEW, AEW as if they were making Mr. Macmohan realize that they don’t have interest in WWE anymore.
Ratings of the latest WWE RAW episode(7th October 2019) also seemed to be too low as the episode had nothing special. Even the viewers didn’t like the nonappearance of Seth Rollins in the episode of RAW as they were expecting him to end the Chaos about what he did in Hell In The Cell’s main event.
It seems as the wrestling fan’s wishes have comes true. Until now two episodes have already been telecasted. AEW Dynamite Wednesday Night War registered its rating with .7, which is more than NXT(.5).
— Ryan Glasspiegel (@sportsrapport) October 3, 2019
AEW did very well as per the speculations and even WWE congratulated AEW for its successful opening and released a statement about it:
Congratulations to AEW on a successful premiere. The real winners of last night’s head-to-head telecasts of NXT on USA Network and AEW on TNT are the fans, who can expect Wednesday nights to be a competitive and wild ride as this is a marathon, not a one-night sprint.
AEW Broadcasting And Timing
All episodes of AEW will be the responsibility of the TNT Channel to Broadcast. The show will air for two hours every week on Wednesday from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. in the United States. TNT will take competition with Fox Channel, which broadcasts WWE Smackdown on Friday. Two episodes of AEW have already been broadcasted on the 2nd and 9th of October 2019, respectively and received a great response from audiences.
Former WWE Wrestlers Who Are Part Of AEW
The former WWE wrestler Cody Rhodes, is the son of the Hall Of Famer and the famous wrestler, Dusty Rhodes. After leaving WWE in somewhere in 2016, Cody started wrestling in Independent Wrestling Circuit such as Ring Of Honour, TNA, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. But he has a business inside him. He always wanted to be the part of Independent Circuit.
And finally, he found it. That is AEW. In AEW, he is Co-Executive Vice Presidents with The Young Bucks(Matt and Nick Jackson) and Kenny Omega, and they also perform in the ring as well.
The Young Bucks are co wrestlers of Cody Rhodes. They worked with him in ROH, TNA, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. The Young Bucks are good friends of Cody, in the ring and outside the ring.
The wife of Cody Rhodes, Brandi Rhodes also has a position in AEW. She is the Chief brand officer in AEW.
Shawn Spears is also, wrestling in AEW. He is a Canadian Professional Wrestler and quite famous among the wrestling viewers. He always been a part of WWE under the name Tye Dillinger and also wrestled in Independent Circuit. On 22nd of February, 2019 he released from WWE and joined AEW later.
Pac and Trent Beretta are also part of AEW.
Billy Gunn, a former WWE Wrestler is known as The Rock’s most famous victim is working as a producer in AEW. His job is to provide his wrestling technical skills to the wrestlers who are currently signed in AEW.
Known as WWE commentator Jim Ross(Hall Of Famer 2007) signed to AEW. There he too does commentary, as he is always good at it.
The veteran wrestlers have made an entry to AEW and added stars to it. They are Chris Jerico and Dean Ambrose. Both are WWE superstars. Former is American- Canadian Professional Wrestler and later is American Wrestler.
Both have given a great contribution to WWE with there fighting skills. One time WWE Champion and three times WWE Intercontinental Champion, Dean Ambrose remained a part of WWE for 8 years from 2011 to 2019. Now he wrestles in AEW under the name Joy Moxley.