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Hi All,

I know this is a few days old, but have not seen any discussion about it. The HUGE thing for me the the financial backing. If this is true, and its a big if, then Shahid Khan wants into the wrestling business. According to Wikipedia, Khan has a net worth of over $7.0 billion and is the 221st wealthiest person in the world. This would be Ted Turner #2 looking to take on the McMahon empire.

It does appear odd to me however, that if someone with those sums of wealth wants into the industry, why would opt to build from scratch? Why not simply go down the M&A route....why not acquire ROH, Impact, or both. Quickest way to building out your roster, expertise, streaming service, tape libraries and fan base. You'd also think that Anthem and Sinclair will be worried about the prospect of AEW - they simply won't be able to compete - they may welcome offers.

What facts do we know?

Trademarks for All Elite Wrestling, LLC have been filed.

The address linked to the trademarks is the address of TIAA Bank Field - the Jacksonville Jaguars homeĀ 

Trademarks forĀ AEW, AEW All Out, All Elite Wrestling, Tuesday Night Dynamite, and AEW Double or Nothing were filed.

As were these images:

AEWAllOut.jpeg?resize=249%2C140&ssl=1 AEWDoubleorNothing.jpeg?resize=249%2C140

What are the rumours?

Jim Ross and Chris Jericho being involved

AXS TV as a potential TV partner

WWE Reportedly Locking Down Talent Due To possible promotion

Loads of other FUD, like WWE talents looking to jump, a union type frame work and offers insurance, discussions with streaming services

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So what do you think? I can't be impartial, I'd LOVE to see this happen - with or without The Elite! WWE has been shit since WCW died, the talent and the fans deserve better and I still miss Nitro!

MPDTT

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It's another just anotherĀ promotion trying to build themselves a place in the marketĀ  Another rival for MLW , Ring Warriors , ROH and Impact . I don't think any of them can offer genuineĀ competition to the WWE now or in the future.Ā 

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Evening @air_raid @CliveG

I don't think this is a minor story. Potentially.......

With big financial backing anything is possible, and Kahn is worth double of Vince. Also remember what happened to Rome! Nothing lasts forever.

Given the size of the WWE's new TV deals, it's not surprising that someone like Shahid Khaļ»æn would look at it and think about the potential. This is all meaningless unless a TV deal is in place. It's an IF, a big IF, but if a deal is lined up with a Paramount, a TNT, a TBS, a SyFi, a WGN or another network with a high US market penetration, or alternatively a Netflix or Amazon, then this could be the start of something big.

Its also curious that the Bucks and Cody have made no announcement since All In about the follow up event to capitalise on the success of the first event.

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While your man is a rich bastard you have to wonder just how much he'll actually be putting in to the whole shebang and if he's not just after a little plaything with no serious ambitions.

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1 minute ago, Merzbow said:

While your man is a rich bastard you have to wonder just how much he'll actually be putting in to the whole shebang and if he's not just after a little plaything with no serious ambitions.

Good point. You mean like Fulham! šŸ˜‰

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Isn't his son a massive wrestling fan?

Sure its this guy. If that is the case maybe the son doesn't want to play Ultimate Team with the Jaguars franchise or Fulham and wants his own little project. Dad's multi money behind someone with a passion and a good group of advisors and this really could go anywhere.

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11 minutes ago, Your Fight Site said:

It needs to be different. Otherwise this is just going to be looked at as WWE lite from the offset and flounder.

Would Netflix be the way to go for that? New episode released weekly, but a way to watch back old episodes without any hassle so that people can get invested as and when, run as a season of maybe 16 episodes or so that then build to a big one off special shown maybe on iPPV with a Netflix release the following day? That way, the people that are already paying for Netflix get the show, those that aren't are paying Ā£4.99 as a minimum a month for the show and anything else they want, the iPPV can be led into with maybe a YouTube explaining the big story for the casuals and they can run it as 3/4 tapings over a long weekend every few months to keep costs down.

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20 minutes ago, MPDTT said:

Good point. You mean like Fulham! šŸ˜‰

You mean the team that are in the richest league in the world? Ā Yeah, I'm sure his interest in a Premier league club isĀ a mere bagatelle and not a business thing.

Seeing how he failed in buying Wembley, thus killing off the Jags moving over here, this has all the hallmarks of something to keep his kid busy so he doesn't feel left out where the proper businesses are run. Ā So what if he has untold riches, he is a successful businessman because he knows what makes money and what doesn't. Ā No chance does he treat this as anything other than a plaything.

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Amazon Instant offered a butt load for Smackdown if I remember rightly. Vince wanted the mainstream platform though. Could be a serious contender for big money deals. I always wondered how well Lucha Underground did on Netflix. I'd for sure had watched it if they put it on UK Netflix.

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35 minutes ago, Your Fight Site said:

It needs to be different. Otherwise this is just going to be looked at as WWE lite from the offset and flounder.

It could start with beingĀ better than WWE, rather than trying to be different. How different can professional wrestling be, anyway?

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26 minutes ago, DEF said:

Amazon Instant offered a butt load for Smackdown if I remember rightly. Vince wanted the mainstream platform though. Could be a serious contender for big money deals. I always wondered how well Lucha Underground did on Netflix. I'd for sure had watched it if they put it on UK Netflix.

Apparently terrible hence why it was dropped.Ā 

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33 minutes ago, scratchdj said:

It could start with beingĀ better than WWE, rather than trying to be different. How different can professional wrestling be, anyway?

Presentation. See: Lucha Underground. It can be done.

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I'm going to remain pessimistic for now. People have thought they were going to change the business before, you can register trademarks all you like but ambition gets you nowhere by itself. Six months is probably all it will take to see if there's life to this or if it goes the way of Global Force quicker than you can say "cash for gold."

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