Though this isn’t strictly a lucha libre story, Lucha Central has learned of a story that seems likely to rock the wrestling/lucha libre world to its core. As reported by WrestlingNews.co a few hours ago and confirmed by Ryan Satin, trademarks for All Elite Wrestling, AEW, AEW Double or Nothing, AEW All Out, Tuesday Night Dynamite, ALL OUT and Double or Nothing were filed by All Elite Wrestling, LLC on November 5th. Lucha Central has been able to confirm this independently (and you can too by searching here).
It was just a few weeks ago that SEScoops reported of a potential new promotion being put together by Chris Jericho, Jim Ross, agent Barry Bloom and Shahid and Tony Khan, owners of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and the English football club Fullham F.C. The stable The Elite, consisting of Cody Rhodes, the Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Adam “Hangman” Page (among others) were also rumored to be involved). The report was denied at the time by Jericho and Ross. It is worth noting that the trademarks reveal that All Elite Wrestling, LLC are based out of Jacksonville, Florida and the address listed is 1 TIAA Bank Field Drive, the home of the Jaguars. This strongly indicates, if not confirms, that the Khan family is involved and likely financing AEW. Khan and his family have a net worth of $7.6 billion, which dwarfs even Vince McMahon’s net worth at a little over $1 billion.
There have been no comments from any of the parties at this time. If this is true, it would instantly change the wrestling landscape across the world, lucha libre included. All In featured lucha libre talents like Fenix, Pentagon and Bandido and it’s expected they would be targets for this new promotion, as well as big name luchadores like Rush, Dragon Lee and Flamita. Lucha Central will continue to keep you updated on this developing story.