All Elite Wrestling held their ‘Double or Nothing’ rally in Jacksonville yesterday, giving us a few more tantalising details ahead of their follow-up PPV to the sell-out success, ALL IN.
The biggest news, by far, was the the reveal of the nine talents who have signed with AEW, headlined by the massive signings of Chris Jericho and PAC, FKA Neville in WWE.
Alongside the two WWE alumni were:
Christopher Daniels Frankie Kazarian Scorpio Sky Britt Baker MJF Joey Janela Penelope Ford
There was no mention of the likes of Kenny Omega, who has been long rumoured to join his Elite teammates, as he is still currently under contract with New Japan. He did, however, reveal to Tokyo Sports earlier this week that he would be departing the company, citing he would not work under new IWPG Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi. It was further hinting at the end of the latest episode of ‘Being The Elite’ that The Cleaner would be jumping ship to AEW, with the tease of a ticking phone, after Kenny mentioned he has lost his in the episode.
New Japan are said to not yet be looking to work with AEW but are wanting tokeep Omega with the company, if possible. Whist NJPW are not yet looking to work with AEW, Kenny Omega could be a huge asset in building that bridge between the companies.
Cody Rhodes later announced on the official AEW social media that Billy Gunn would be joining the company as a producer.
Throughout the rally, other details were revealed about the future of All Elite Wrestling. First, that Double or Nothing would be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 25, at the MGM Grand Arena.
Later in the rally, Cody revealed that a second show will be held in Jacksonville, with a percentage of the profits being donated to victims of gun violence.
Cody further explained that wins and losses will matter in AEW, with Matt Jackson of The Young Bucks further announcing the company has an agreement with a Chinese wrestling group to bring in a team known as ‘The Good Hearts’ with more to come in the future.
Brandi Rhodes later confirmed there will be a women’s division in AEW, teasing that they have been speaking with talent in Japan, UK, Australia and worldwide to bring in the strongest female roster possible.
Importantly, Brandi also stated that men and women would be paid equally, with no sliding scale.
There was no mention of the rumoured TV deal that All Elite are looking for yet and information regarding the exact details of talents contacts were scarce, suggesting there are still a lot of moving parts behind the scenes.
Interestingly, the rally was held very close to a SmackDown Live event and fan reports from the taping suggested anyone wearing AEW merchandise was not allow into the arena by security.