Things on the All Elite Wrestling front are getting very real, very quickly.
After officially unveiling the company in grandiose fashion this past month, Cody Rhodes, the Young Bucks and the rest of the AEW crew will invade the MGM Grand in Las Vegas tonight for a massive Double or Nothing ticket release party.
The fledgling promotion is said to be going all-out with this event, much like their recent rally in Jacksonville, promising plenty of surprises and special guests. The official signing of Kenny Omega is rumored to be the cornerstone of this evening’s event.
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That’s just the start of what will be a massively crucial few months for AEW, as the group hurdles towards their second major event, alongside the return of four-day pro wrestling convention Starrcast, and the shadow of a much-needed television deal looming overhead.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, key company executives had a meeting with a major television network last Friday that reportedly went very well. While nothing has been officially signed on the dotted line at this point, negotiations are expected to continue and the unnamed network is looking like a strong candidate for AEW’s home on television.
What’s more, the Observer is noting that the deal would put them on a “strong station” and would be “the best deal that any non WWE show has had since WCW”, specifically stating that it would be better than Spike TV, which of course hosted Impact Wrestling for many years.
For reference, Impact was doing more than two million viewers a week at its peak on Spike TV, which is more than this week’s episode of Smackdown Live drew. It’s worth noting that the Observer is likely not saying AEW would be guaranteed to draw more than two million viewers, just that whatever network they are talking to is available in more homes than Spike TV was at that time.