Joshua Percy – Anchor Staff
For the last few years, there have been four major wrestling companies. WWE is number one, followed by New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Then Ring of Honor (ROH) and finally, Impact Wrestling. What happens when you combine wrestlers from all four is you get the new company All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
The owner of AEW is Shahid Khan, who is also the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is teaming up with former WWE Superstars Cody and Brandy Rhodes and the NJPW and ROH stars the Young Bucks to create a brand new wrestling company that they hope will become an “alternative to going to WWE.” They already have 3 major players joining their roster. Former Bullet Club members Adam “Hangman” Page, former WWE Champion Chris Jericho and former WWE Superstar Neville also known as PAC.
These seven superstars alone can put on five-star matches every night, and their company is just starting. The addition of AEW to the list of wrestling companies is great news for the general wrestling fan. No company has come close to creating the amount of viewership the WWE regularly earns, but AEW may have found the answer.
Adding proven stars like the Young Bucks and Hangman Page alongside future Hall of Famer Chris Jericho, and bringing in underutilized fan favorites like PAC and Cody Rhodes forces fans to become interested in the underdogs and gives the mistreated stars a chance to shine. AEW ‘s first official event will be called “Double or Nothings” and is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on May 25, 2019.
Should WWE be afraid of AEW taking the spotlight away from them? Probably not right now, but how well the company performs in the next three years will determine if this company will actually become a threat in competing with WWE, or if it will fail to become competitive like so many other companies before them.
For now, wrestling fans should rejoice as a hot startup wrestling company is stepping up to the plate against the evil empire that is WWE.