The WWE may not want to admit it, but All Elite Wrestling (AEW) took another step toward solidifying themselves as a threat to its American monopoly on pro wrestling.
AEW streamed a rally Thursday night to promote the new company’s first official PPV “Double or Nothing” and make a few special announcements. The event had just over 58,000 viewers according to Forbes.
By far the biggest take away from the event was the official signing of Kenny Omega, who joins Cody Rhodes and Nick and Matt Jackson as executive presidents of AEW. Omega is widely considered one of the top talents in the sports entertainment world, notably finding all of his success outside of WWE.
Omega brawled with WWE legend Chris Jericho to set up a rematch from New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 event in 2018.
Other matches announced for “Double or Nothing” include:
- The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) vs. Lucha Bros (Fenix and Pentagon)
- Hangman Page vs. PAC (Formerly WWE’s Neville)
- So-Cal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian) vs. Cima & two OWE talents
AEW also announced partnerships with Mexico’s top promotion AAA and Chinese promotion Oriental Wrestling Entertainment to help fill out the roster, a similar tactic Ring of Honor uses with its relationship with NJPW.
AEW has been turning heads since Rhodes and the Young Bucks left ROH and NJPW late last year, but just how much they’ll compete with WWE has been a huge question mark. This rally cleared up many of the questions in that regard and gave its fans reason to tune in to the new promotion.
“Double or Nothing” will stream live online from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, May 25.