Dave Meltzer provided more information on All Elite Wrestling on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio. AEW is the promotion that has been rumored with involvement from people like Chris Jericho, Jim Ross, Cody Rhodes, and The Young Bucks.
Meltzer pointed out that we’ve seen stories like this over the years and plenty of people with deep pockets have tried to get into the wrestling business but there is no real story until they can get a TV deal. The trademark filings indicate that Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks have confidence that this company will get off the ground.
Meltzer noted that Tony Khan, the co-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, is a long-time wrestling fan and has subscribed to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter for over 20 years since he was 14 years old. He added, “Without the Young Bucks, this deal is not going to exist.” If WWE or ROH decide to offer them something they can’t turn down then AEW will likely not get off the ground. As of now, Cody Rhodes is the only Elite member who can legally talk with AEW because he is a free agent. The Young Bucks will be free agents in January. Jericho, of course, is a free agent and Jim Ross is under WWE contract until the end of March 2019.
Meltzer also noted that the reports of this being a Jericho and Jim Ross promotion are inaccurate and the talk about Barry Bloom being involved is also inaccurate. Again, nothing is guaranteed and there’s always the possibility that WWE will offer Jericho and JR big money just to keep them away from AEW because Vince McMahon does not want another WCW-level promotion to compete with.
If this promotion takes off then the other story coming out of this is what happens with the NJPW/ROH relationship? Would NJPW want to end their working relationship with ROH so they can work with AEW? NJPW would want to use guys like The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, etc. but would only be able to do so if they work with AEW. If that happens, then this could have a major negative impact on ROH.