Today marks an important time in the trajectory of professional wrestling as the underdog All Elite Wrestling promotion has secured a TV deal with TNT. The ragtag group of former WWE superstars and independent circuit wrestlers has developed a loyal and eager following through their use of social media, podcasts, and pay-per-view. Following the success of the well attended September 2018 All In event in Illinois, Cody Rhodes and the youthful Young Bucks tag team (the masterminds behind AEW) have put the wrestling world on notice.
Wrestling fans will now have the opportunity to choose between WWE’s Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live or AEW’s Tuesday Night Dynamite (this program title is not finalized, however it has been trademarked by AEW.) The behemoth has held a stranglehold on the pro wrestling business since defeating World Championship Wrestling during the Monday Night Wars of the 1990s. But, the youthful inventiveness of Cody Rhodes and the Young Bucks has been deployed through their skillful use of weekly podcasts to hype their next pay-per-view event, Double or Nothing.
Months ago it seemed like a far-fetched idea for any budding wrestling company to challenge Vince McMahon’s squared circle empire. But as we near the Double or Nothing ppv and superstars such as Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho, and Jim Ross have signed with AEW, this little engine seems like it can truly give WWE a run for its money. Additionally, AEW is backed by Tony and Shahid Khan, the billionaire father-son duo who own the Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham Football Club.
The next generation of pro wrestling rivalry is set to begin. Who will defect from WWE and vice-versa? Who will be the ultimate ratings winner? We’ll have to tune in to find out.