Last night All Elite Wrestling held a press conference. And it was at this conference that we learned some huge news. So today we will tell you the 5 most significant pieces of news regarding All Elite Wrestling. And listen to the Laracuente Ledger Podcast on
No. 1: Equality For Talent
One of the things that stuck out to me was when Brandi Rhodes (AEW’s CBO) said that there would be no sliding scale. And that the talented women in All Elite Wrestling they would be compensated as such. Equal pay is significant because, in the wrestling business, women have not been given the same respect or treatment. And to hear that equal pay is something at the forefront of the inception of All Elite Wrestling is very promising as is the rumor of healthcare for the wrestlers of AEW.
No. 2: 2 Shows A
The press event was entitled the “Double Or Nothing” rally, so we knew we’d get some information. And that Double Or Nothing event will take place on May 25th from Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. But another event was announced that would take place in Jacksonville, Florida entitled Fight For the Fallen. And what makes that event special is that a portion of the proceeds will go to the victims of gun violence. The members of the Elite have a saying, as was referenced by Cody (can’t use his last name Rhodes), and that is “Change the World.” And AEW is changing the landscape of the wrestling business. And they won’t be stopped by anyone.
No. 3: Wins & Losses Will Matter
One thing that is always commented about when discussing the wrestling business is about the predetermined outcomes. And more so about how little it means in the end, when you watch certain products (cough, cough…WWE. Oh sorry had to clear my throat.) So when Cody spoke about wins and losses mattering more than they ever have before, I became really intrigued. Something I think that genuinely resonated with Cody from his time in the WWE was the 50/50 booking path that is employed. 50/50 booking ensures only one thing, and that is that no one gets over. When wins and losses matter the product feels more like a real competition that “Sports Entertainment.”
No. 4: Early Roster is Already Stacked
This press conference was the first event for All Elite Wrestling; this was a chance to do something big. And something big they did. At the stroke of midnight crowning a new day and a new year, 2019 brought about All Elite Wrestling. But with the letters AEW coursing through the inter-webs, we were left wondering, who would make the leap to AEW. And we got a who’s who of wrestling personalities signed to All Elite Wrestling.
Names like Joey Janela, and Penelope Ford. People like SoCal Uncensored; Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Scorpio Sky. To the likes of MJF and Dr. Britt Baker. And that’s not including the names we knew from the Elite like the Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), Hangman Adam Page, and of course Cody and Brandi Rhodes. But then we got two massive surprises in the additions to the AEW Roster of Chris Jericho and Pac (fka. Neville in WWE.) This roster is shaping up to be one of the best for any promotion in the business. And that’s not even speaking of the rumors of Goldberg or Kenny Omega.
No. 5: Fans Come First
Now if you’re a fan of pro wrestling, you have undoubtedly heard these words before. Maybe even more than once in your lifetime. I mean we just heard that from Triple H and the McMahons in the WWE just three weeks ago. Yet we haven’t seen any kind of real tangible change. Yet when Cody stood at the podium outside of the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium, the same words we have multiple times sounded so very different.
It may seem like an impossible task, but if you watched ALL IN, you know that it is very much attainable. Listening to the fans and giving them what they want is all that we have ever asked for from our wrestling. And All Elite Wrestling could be the ones to provide us with all that we are looking for from our wrestling. So I think it best to close out with the words of Chris Jericho “AEW is not here to change the world, We are gonna change the WHOLE UNIVERSE!!!”