AEW Announce First Event and Major Talent Acquisitions

Giancarlo Aulino
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

In case you missed it, All Elite Wrestling held a rally yesterday in Jacksonville, Florida, to make announcements regarding their upcoming events and to introduce some of their newest acquisitions. Cody and The Young Bucks announced that AEW’s first event will be titled: Double or Nothing and will be taking place Saturday, May 25th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Before the rally began, Cody announced on AEW's Twitter page that the company have hired Billy Gunn to work as a producer. The former DX and New Age Outlaws member is the first person to be hired as AEW producer and the hiring has already received a postive reaction on social media. 

Billy Gunn has remained active since his last stint with WWE; he has wrestled frequently on the independant scene and at a few New Japan Pro Wrestling events. Gunn will be a great asset for AEW especially for the wrestlers making the jump from the indy scene because he had previously spent time working as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, where he helped develop up-and-coming stars for NXT. 

Cody then announced that the promotion’s second event will take place in Jacksonville, Florida, with a large portion of the gate going towards supporting the victims of gun violence. In addition, there will be no wage gap between male and female performers; the female wrestlers will be making the same amount of money as the men and according to AEW President Tony Khan, a much more favorable schedule compared to WWE.

AEW Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes announced that the company want to have a strong women’s division featuring the best female wresters in the world. She brought up the fatal-four way match between Tessa Blanchard, Dr. Britt Baker, Madison Rayne, and Chelsea Green from last year’s All In event and announced that AEW were fortunate to sign Dr. Britt Baker, making her the company’s first women’s signee.

Arguably the biggest male wrestler acquisitions introduced to were Chris Jericho, who recently competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he won his tenth Intercontinental championship, and PAC (formerly Neville), who was one of the most entertaining wrestlers during his Cruiserweight championship reign in WWE.

Jericho has been able to evolve in terms of character and in-ring work and has continuously been able to build intrigue in his matches, no matter who the opponent may be. It’ll be interesting to see who AEW match up with Jericho first and if he’ll be a face or heel.

The next few months leading up to AEW Double or Nothing will be exciting because there will surely be plenty more additions to the roster both in-ring and on commentary. 



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