5 Things to expect from All Elite Wrestling, and 5 things that probably won't happen
It all started with a tweet.
When Dave Meltzer of the respected and long running Wrestling Observer Newsletter was asked by a fan on social media if a small promotion like Ring of Honor might be able to sell out a ten thousand seat arena, Mr. Meltzer's response was "not anytime soon."
One man who took exception to this assessment was none other than second generation international wrestling superstar Cody Rhodes. His reply? "I'll take that bet, Dave!"
The result was the world's biggest independent wrestling show, All In. All In was an unparalleled success, selling out in mere minutes and drawing heavy buyrates from fans. Once the show was over, fans were teased with an All In 2: Double or Nothing event.
However, it seemed that ambition had struck deep in Cody and his business partners, the Young Bucks. They didn't just want to run another show; they wanted to start their own promotion, and enter a crowded North American wrestling market that already has WWE, Impact, ROH, and NJPW vying for fan's attention and money.
Unbelievably, the All Elite Wrestling promotion got its financial backing and became a reality in a remarkably quick time. Now with the signing of major stars like Chris Jericho and former WWE Cruiserweight 'king' PAC (formerly known as Adrian Neville) the promotion seems well on its way to legitimacy.
Here are five things you can expect from AEW, and five things that probably won't happen.
Could Happen: Signing of more Ex-WWE talent
One thing is almost certain - PAC is not the last former WWE talent who will end up signing with AEW.
Not all seeds grow in all soils, and the WWE is no exception. Sometimes, talent has to be reshuffled, or even let go altogether so they may seek their fortunes elsewhere. You can expect many WWE talents whose careers have more or less stagnated to consider jumping ship to the AEW.
The New Day is a group on a lot of people's lips in this regard, as they already have an association with the Elite, and they are mired in the mid card with little prospects for upward mobility, but they are far from the only superstars in this situation.