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Quote Tony Khan, co-owner of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, is indeed involved as a top executive and as the company's major financial backer. According to a well placed source, Khan is fronting $100 million for the launch of AEW.

Jim Ross, who has repeatedly denied involvement with AEW, will be heavily involved - both on commentary and in a backstage capacity. Ross is likely not commenting on this situation because technically he is still under contract to WWE for a few more months. JR and WWE will not be renewing their contract so you can expect that once he is officially out, his involvement will be publicized.

Sports agent Barry Bloom, who already represents many prolific talent in the industry, is involved from a recruitment perspective. According to our source, AEW will "go hard" at WWE for stars whose deals will be expiring and they will be "mixing in legends" as well. One name that has been brought up is Goldberg, who I believe is already a client of Bloom's. Chris Jericho - who has also been rumored to be connected to this new promotion - is going to be involved "in depth" as well, as per our source. There are other WWE employees/contractors (note, this does not necessarily mean wrestlers) who AEW is going to pursue aggressively when they are legally able to.

It was previously rumored that AEW was working on a national TV deal. As per our sources, Khan is indeed using his connections to work on a prospective TV deal and one of the networks that they are negotiating with is Time Warner to have AEW air on TNT/TBS.

While Cody and the Young Bucks have been announced as EVPs of All Elite Wrestling, we were told that they will focus mainly on wrestling and not necessarily in the creative aspect of the promotion.

Jim Ross in his day was amazing and he's a legend. But for a new upstart company to want a ageing commentator to be the voice of their fresh, modern and hip new product doesn't sound good.
 
Bringing in legends is a poor idea too. I don't think for the money someone like Goldberg would command, it will bring in extra viewers as most wrestling fans want to see new talent.
 
Instead of going hard for E talent they should look to create their own stars instead of going down the old WCW route which ended in disaster.
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You need a mixture of new and old. They'll want nostalgia on their side, as well as fresh new faces, and perhaps most importantly of all, repackaged WWE talent from recent years that were managed poorly. Zack Ryder is a perfect example.

Ross in charge of talent relations like he used to be would be spectacular. If he's used as a special commentator for big events, and that's it, he'll be well used.

I LOVE this announcement, and I can not wait to see how much more they build, and how successful they can be.
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They will need veterans for star power to attract the more casual fan but they need to build the promotion around the younger talent and just use the vets as attractions, hopefully they won't make the mistake WCW and TNA made by pushing out the younger talents to give the spotlight to the older guys.

Nothing wrong with bringing in a Goldberg for a couple of marquee matches but nothing more.

They should be more interested in persuing WWE guys who are frustrated with their current status and could be lured away, guys like Ziggler, Cesaro, Zayn and Apollo Crewes perhaps. Who knows the promise of decent money and a easier schedule might also be appealing to guys like AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan and Shinsuke Nakamura too.

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They won't last long sure they're a different thing but that wears old after the third or fourth appearance people will lose interest especially when they start to put on weekly shows.
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I think they have a chance to be more successful than TNA as at least this company is being run by people who understand the business and what the current fanbase want, but I also think people expecting them to rival WWE are unrealistic. All Elite can be a good alternative and that should be their goal, not to try and compete head to head with WWE.
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If they don't want to be the biggest and the best in the industry they shouldn't even be getting into it. It's just a matter of finding the right path to the top and not trying to rush it.

With the guys involved and the money they have and the possibility of getting on TBS, a station more readily available than USA, home to Raw and (for now) Smackdown, there's really no glass ceiling on their potential.

WWE is worse than they were in 95 and have at times been as bad as WCW was in 2000. This is the time for a good company to debut and strike hard just like WCW Nitro did. You can say WCW lost the war, but it was NOT because of how they started nor their 84 week ratings victory. If having poor main events in a PPV backfired in the long run, because matches were given away for free on Nitro, and that was a major reason that WWE won, then WWE wouldn't have nearly gone under in 97. Had WM98 failed, we might not even have a WWE anymore. That's how close WCW came to winning the Monday Night War, and there's no mistaking that WWE is putting out a worse product now than ever before, and that product is the foundation. Everything else, as great as it is, can quickly come crumbling down if they're not careful. WWE is NOT invincible, no company is. This is the peak of what AEW is capable of, and that goal is nigh impossible, but it could still happen.

And all that goes simply to say that AEW can compete one day if they play their cards right. If they don't. If they TNA it all up, well no amount of vulnerability on WWE's part is going to matter. AEW will have to be all but perfect for a few years, but that's perfectly doable, if not exactly likely. And if they do it they can be a strong competitor, which is all that's really necessary, and really the best outcome possible for fans.

Yet even more attainable is the goal of equaling that of NXT/NJPW only in English and readily available by being on TBS. It's an alternative for hardcore fans who hate WWE that's easily accessible. This is a goal they seem almost certain to achieve, and that alone makes them a major player in the wrestling world. 

It would be a crying shame if AEW were to underperform this most easily achievable goal, but doing so is far more likely than them being a WWE competitor in 10 years time. Yet I would say it's also less likely than them equaling the success of NXT/NJPW. We're just hours past NJPW Wrestlekingdom 13 and as always it has set a crazy high benchmark for what all other PPVs will be judged and likely fail to surpass. AEW ought to be able to at least this much.

Probably only slightly more likely than AEW running WWE out of business is the possibility of AEW's launch failing utterly and completely. At this point it's just not going to happen. It's going to make some kind of splash and now all the fans can do is wait in anticipation and hope for the best.
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Heard it all before.

The 'new promotion with huge backing' rumour has been bandied around this forum for years, ask Fletch, I bet we've been gassed up by this for the last decade now and nothing ever happens.
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Sooner or later someone has to succeed.
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Originally posted by John The Baptist John The Baptist wrote:

Heard it all before.

The 'new promotion with huge backing' rumour has been bandied around this forum for years, ask Fletch, I bet we've been gassed up by this for the last decade now and nothing ever happens.


Agreed. This is exactly my attitude towards this new promotion, it's already showing signs of failure in this early stage as the latest news is WWE have made a huge offer to Kenny Omega to poach him before he inks a deal with AEW, I'm also sure a decent offer could get Chris Jericho back to WWE tomorrow as he's a smart enough businessman, that right there is the two talents AEW were relying on for drawing power.

WWE have conquered the wrestling world, for the kids and casuals you have Raw and Smackdown, for hardcore wrestling fans there's NXT, for long-term fans who are jaded with the current product there's all the old school content on the Network and all the collections and other network shows, even non-wrestling fans can find something as my missus for example likes Total Divas.

I wish Cody and co luck but I have little confidence in any long-term success for AEW.

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