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** The Dark Order is another stable that was not on the same level as The Inner Circle, but was shaping up to become one similar to them. Led by Evil Uno, under the command of the Exalted One, the stable attacked at random and seemed to be a {{cult}} of [[{{Mook}} Creepers]]. While the Inner Circle was all about [[{{Greed}} money]] and [[GlorySeeker fame in AEW]], [[HiddenAgendaVillain nothing was known about The Dark Order's goals]]; Evil Uno seemed to be building an army of followers for the Exalted One, going as far to recruit those on a losing streak, or tag team members like Christopher Daniels. With the revelation of the Exalted One as Brodie Lee (the former Luke Harper), it's clearer that the Dark Order was basically corporate arrogance that only plays at being dark and edgy. It's a bit of a TakeThat to a certain other wrestling promotion's corporate culture. However, after the untimely death of Brodie Lee, they turned face.

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** The Dark Order Wrestling/DarkOrder is another stable that was not on the same level as The Inner Circle, but was shaping up to become one similar to them. Led by Evil Uno, under the command of the Exalted One, the stable attacked at random and seemed to be a {{cult}} of [[{{Mook}} Creepers]]. While the Inner Circle was all about [[{{Greed}} money]] and [[GlorySeeker fame in AEW]], [[HiddenAgendaVillain nothing was known about The Dark Order's goals]]; Evil Uno seemed to be building an army of followers for the Exalted One, going as far to recruit those on a losing streak, or tag team members like Christopher Daniels. With the revelation of the Exalted One as Brodie Lee (the former Luke Harper), it's clearer that the Dark Order was basically corporate arrogance that only plays at being dark and edgy. It's a bit of a TakeThat to a certain other wrestling promotion's corporate culture. However, after the untimely death of Brodie Lee, they turned face.


* {{Crossover}}: While AEW has maintained cordial working relationships with a number of other promotions since its inception, in December 2020 it began a more direct crossover with Wrestling/ImpactWrestling when Wrestling/DonCallis helped Kenny Omega cheat to beat Champion Jon Moxley, then declared that Omega would be appearing on ''Impact'' with the AEW belt. This grew into the start of a mutual invasion angle, with Impact Tag Team champions The Good Brothers ([[Wrestling/DrewHankinson Doc Gallows]] and Wrestling/KarlAnderson, formerly of Wrestling/BulletClub with Kenny) showing up on ''Dynamite'' to wrestle, Kenny joining them to take on Impact Champion Rich Swann, [[Wrestling/QuinnOjinnaka Moose]] and Chris Sabin at Impact's ''Hard to Kill 2021'' PPV, and Matt Hardy leading Private Party to Impact to challenge the Good Brothers as well. AEW owner Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone even started buying ad space on ''Impact'' episodes, cutting snarky promos on the promotion.

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* {{Crossover}}: While AEW has maintained cordial working relationships with a number of other promotions since its inception, in December 2020 it began a more direct crossover with Wrestling/ImpactWrestling when Wrestling/DonCallis helped Kenny Omega cheat to beat Champion Jon Moxley, then declared that Omega would be appearing on ''Impact'' with the AEW belt. This grew into the start of a mutual invasion angle, with Impact Tag Team champions The Good Brothers ([[Wrestling/DrewHankinson Doc Gallows]] and Wrestling/KarlAnderson, formerly of Wrestling/BulletClub with Kenny) showing up on ''Dynamite'' to wrestle, Kenny joining them to take on Impact Champion Rich Swann, [[Wrestling/QuinnOjinnaka Moose]] and Chris Sabin at Impact's ''Hard to Kill 2021'' PPV, and Matt Hardy leading Private Party to Impact to challenge the Good Brothers as well. AEW owner Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone even started buying ad space on ''Impact'' episodes, cutting snarky promos on the promotion. The conflict between the two promotions escalated until it eventually led to a champion vs champion winner-take-all match between Omega and Swann set for Impact's ''Rebellion'' PPV on the 25th of April 2021.

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** Matt Hardy's faction Wrestling/HardyFamilyOffice counts as one as well due to their grievances with Adam Page, the Dark Order, and most recently Darby Allin


* PowerStable: The Wrestling/InnerCircle is the first prominent group in the promotion, followed by Wrestling/TheDarkOrder and most recently Wrestling/ThePinnacle. There are also the {{Power Trio}}s mentioned below.

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* PowerStable: The Wrestling/InnerCircle is the first prominent group in the promotion, followed by Wrestling/TheDarkOrder and most recently Wrestling/ThePinnacle.Wrestling/ThePinnacle as well as the Wrestling/HardyFamilyOffice. There are also the {{Power Trio}}s mentioned below.


** The Dark Order is another stable that was not on the same level as The Inner Circle, but was shaping up to become one similar to them. Led by Evil Uno, under the command of the Exalted One, the stable attacked at random and seemed to be a {{cult}} of [[{{Mook}} Creepers]]. While the Inner Circle was all about [[{{Greed}} money]] and [[GlorySeeker fame in AEW]], [[HiddenAgendaVillain nothing was known about The Dark Order's goals]]; Evil Uno seemed to be building an army of followers for the Exalted One, going as far to recruit those on a losing streak, or tag team members like Christopher Daniels. With the revelation of the Exalted One as Brodie Lee (the former Luke Harper), it's clearer that the Dark Order was basically corporate arrogance that only plays at being dark and edgy. It's a bit of a TakeThat to a certain other wrestling promotion's corporate culture.

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** The Dark Order is another stable that was not on the same level as The Inner Circle, but was shaping up to become one similar to them. Led by Evil Uno, under the command of the Exalted One, the stable attacked at random and seemed to be a {{cult}} of [[{{Mook}} Creepers]]. While the Inner Circle was all about [[{{Greed}} money]] and [[GlorySeeker fame in AEW]], [[HiddenAgendaVillain nothing was known about The Dark Order's goals]]; Evil Uno seemed to be building an army of followers for the Exalted One, going as far to recruit those on a losing streak, or tag team members like Christopher Daniels. With the revelation of the Exalted One as Brodie Lee (the former Luke Harper), it's clearer that the Dark Order was basically corporate arrogance that only plays at being dark and edgy. It's a bit of a TakeThat to a certain other wrestling promotion's corporate culture. However, after the untimely death of Brodie Lee, they turned face.
** More recently Wrestling/ThePinnacle, led by Wrestling/{{MJF}} along with [[Wrestling/TheRevival FTR]], Wardlow, Shawn Spears, and manager Tully Blanchard.



** A two-way crossover occurred for a single title that AEW didn't even own: in early 2021, KENTA of New Japan Pro Wrestling suddenly attacked Jon Moxley over the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship - a title that Moxley had held for over a year and one that KENTA had the rights to challenge for. Not only did this allow KENTA to wrestle a match on Dynamite (a tag match alongside Kenny Omega against Moxley and Lance Archer), but this also resulted in a brief time period where Moxley was officially recognized as a titleholder in New Japan despite no prior mention of it.

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** A two-way crossover occurred for a single title that AEW didn't even own: in early 2021, KENTA of New Japan Pro Wrestling suddenly attacked Jon Moxley over the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship - a title that Moxley had held for over a year and one that KENTA had the rights to challenge for. Not only did this allow KENTA to wrestle a match on Dynamite ''Dynamite'' (a tag match alongside Kenny Omega against Moxley and Lance Archer), but this also resulted in a brief time period where Moxley was officially recognized as a titleholder in New Japan despite no prior mention of it.



** The foundation of AEW marked a significant shift in the balance of power in the North American wrestling scene. After the fall of Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{ECW}} at the end of the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, and after Wrestling/ImpactWrestling and Wrestling/RingOfHonor had failed to gain more than niche followings (and Impact, formerly known as TNA, had managed to repeatedly embarrass itself when it had tried to compete with WWE on its own level, such as the "New Monday Night Wars" when they moved their flagship TV show to Mondays to go against ''Raw''), the backing of Tony Khan and the guiding hands of The Elite meant that AEW aimed to be the true SpiritualSuccessor to WCW that fans had long been clamouring for. Even though it didn't aim to directly confront WWE on its own massive level[[note]]Tony Khan and his father Shahid Khan are considerably richer than Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, but this still doesn't give AEW even a fraction of the phenomenal operating budget that WWE enjoys, as it is still ultimately a passion project for Tony; the "Wednesday Night War" was actually initiated by Vince, when he moved ''NXT'' to go head-to-head against ''Dynamite''[[/note]], by providing another promotion where wrestlers can sign to gain a relatively good amount of mainstream exposure without the harsh working schedules and difficult backstage environment of WWE, AEW managed to offer workers on the North American wrestling scene an alternative career trajectory than ultimately striving to end up in WWE. The existence of AEW had a considerable effect on the way WWE did business almost immediately, with the company signing more talent to longer, more lucrative contracts in order to keep as many wrestlers as possible away from AEW.
** On November 12, 2020, Tony Khan [[https://twitter.com/TonyKhan/status/1326536467414396928 tweeted]] that "the balance of power in wrestling will shift tonight". When the most dramatic thing to happen on the episode of ''Dynamite'' aired that night was the return of Wrestling/{{PAC}} (who had been absent for months thanks to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic), this tweet became the subject of some mockery, but events that shortly followed suggested he had simply been a couple of weeks premature, as the December 2 episode revealed that AEW had entered into a working relationship with Wrestling/ImpactWrestling (which, despite the past failings mentioned above, was still the third biggest wrestling promotion in the USA after AEW's foundation) when Kenny Omega won the AEW World Championship and absconded together with Impact Wrestling vice president Wrestling/DonCallis to make his next appearance on the subsequent episode of ''Impact!'', eventually leading to Impact World Tag Team Champions the Good Brothers (Wrestling/DocGallows and Wrestling/KarlAnderson) appearing on ''Dynamite'', and even Kenny wrestling a main event match on the next Impact PPV. Together with the working relationships AEW already had with the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and Wrestling/{{AAA}}, it was speculated that AEW was assembling [[TheAlliance a massive wrestling company coalition]] to compete against WWE, speculation that went into overdrive when Wrestling/{{KENTA}} kicked open the "forbidden door" at the end of the February 3, 2021 ''Beach Break'' special episode of ''Dynamite'', revealing that AEW had also come to terms (or was in the process of coming to terms) with Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, the biggest wrestling company in Japan. Fans have theorised that AEW is attempting to revive the interpromotional wrestling network of the pre-WWE hegemony territory days, only now on a ''global'' scale.

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** The foundation of AEW marked a significant shift in the balance of power in the North American wrestling scene. After the fall of Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{ECW}} at the end of the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, and after Wrestling/ImpactWrestling and Wrestling/RingOfHonor had failed to gain more than niche followings (and Impact, formerly known as TNA, had managed to repeatedly embarrass itself when it had tried to compete with WWE on its own level, such as the "New Monday Night Wars" when they moved their flagship TV show to Mondays to go against ''Raw''), the backing of Tony Khan and the guiding hands of The Elite meant that AEW aimed to be the true SpiritualSuccessor to WCW that fans had long been clamouring clamoring for. Even though it didn't aim to directly confront WWE on its own massive level[[note]]Tony Khan and his father Shahid Khan are considerably richer than Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, but this still doesn't give AEW even a fraction of the phenomenal operating budget that WWE enjoys, as it is still ultimately a passion project for Tony; the "Wednesday Night War" was actually initiated by Vince, when he moved ''NXT'' to go head-to-head against ''Dynamite''[[/note]], by providing another promotion where wrestlers can sign to gain a relatively good amount of mainstream exposure without the harsh working schedules and difficult backstage environment of WWE, AEW managed to offer workers on the North American wrestling scene an alternative career trajectory than ultimately striving to end up in WWE. The existence of AEW had a considerable effect on the way WWE did business almost immediately, with the company signing more talent to longer, more lucrative contracts in order to keep as many wrestlers as possible away from AEW.
** On November 12, 2020, Tony Khan [[https://twitter.com/TonyKhan/status/1326536467414396928 tweeted]] that "the balance of power in wrestling will shift tonight". When the most dramatic thing to happen on the episode of ''Dynamite'' aired that night was the return of Wrestling/{{PAC}} (who had been absent for months thanks to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic), this tweet became the subject of some mockery, but events that shortly followed suggested he had simply been a couple of weeks premature, as the December 2 episode revealed that AEW had entered into a working relationship with Wrestling/ImpactWrestling (which, despite the past failings mentioned above, was still the third biggest wrestling promotion in the USA after AEW's foundation) when Kenny Omega won the AEW World Championship and absconded together with Impact Wrestling vice president Wrestling/DonCallis to make his next appearance on the subsequent episode of ''Impact!'', eventually leading to Impact World Tag Team Champions the Good Brothers (Wrestling/DocGallows and Wrestling/KarlAnderson) appearing on ''Dynamite'', and even Kenny wrestling a main event match on the next Impact PPV. Together with the working relationships AEW already had with the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and Wrestling/{{AAA}}, it was speculated that AEW was assembling [[TheAlliance a massive wrestling company coalition]] to compete against WWE, speculation that went into overdrive when Wrestling/{{KENTA}} kicked open the "forbidden door" at the end of the February 3, 2021 ''Beach Break'' special episode of ''Dynamite'', revealing that AEW had also come to terms (or was in the process of coming to terms) with Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, the biggest wrestling company in Japan. Fans have theorised theorized that AEW is attempting to revive the interpromotional wrestling network of the pre-WWE hegemony territory days, only now on a ''global'' scale.



** The red and gold TNT Championship belt is a subtle nod to [[https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/logopedia/images/e/e3/TNT.svg/revision/latest?cb=20190112182950 the classic TNT channel logo]] used from 1995 to 2001, which not-coincidentally was the logo used throughout the life of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''.

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** The red and gold TNT Championship belt is a subtle nod to [[https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/logopedia/images/e/e3/TNT.svg/revision/latest?cb=20190112182950 the classic TNT channel logo]] used from 1995 to 2001, which not-coincidentally not coincidentally was the logo used throughout the life of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''.



-->'''MJF:''' Chris, I swear to God I didn't want to take over your group. I swear, I swear, man... (slows down) 'cause I was too busy... building [[Wrestling/ThePinnacle my own]]! (''smirks'')

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-->'''MJF:''' Chris, I swear to God I didn't want to take over your group. I swear, I swear, man... (slows down) (''slows down'') 'cause I was too busy... building [[Wrestling/ThePinnacle my own]]! (''smirks'')



** At AEW's initial announcement, Britt Baker was introduced as "Dr. Britt Baker, DMD"...[[note]]she's since been billed both with and without the "DMD"[[/note]] which is exactly what she is outside the ring. Baker graduated from the University of UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} School of Dental Medicine in 2018, and has a dental practice in the UsefulNotes/{{Orlando}} area.

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** At AEW's initial announcement, Britt Baker was introduced as "Dr. Britt Baker, DMD"...[[note]]she's since been billed both with and without the "DMD"[[/note]] "DMD", though now the "Dr." is [[InsistentTerminology obligatory]][[/note]] which is exactly what she is outside the ring. Baker graduated from the University of UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} School of Dental Medicine in 2018, and has a dental practice in the UsefulNotes/{{Orlando}} area.


** First-ever AEW World Champion Chris Jericho is shaping up to be the main BigBad, after his vicious attack on Cody and Dustin Rhodes and the Young Bucks, alongside Sammy Guevara, Ortiz, Santana, and a debuting Jake Hager dubbing the [[PowerStable stable]] the Wrestling/InnerCircle.
** However, The Dark Order is another stable that is not on the same level as The Inner Circle, but is shaping up to become one similar to them. Lead by Evil Uno, who is under the command of the Exalted One, the stable attacks at random and seems to be a {{cult}} of [[{{Mook}} Creepers]]. While the Inner Circle is all about [[{{Greed}} money]] and [[GlorySeeker fame in AEW]], [[HiddenAgendaVillain nothing is known about The Dark Order's goals]]; Evil Uno seems to be building an army of followers for the Exalted One, going as far to recruit those on a losing streak or someone in tag teams, like Christopher Daniels. With the revelation of the Exalted One as Brodie Lee (the former Luke Harper), it's clearer that the Dark Order is basically corporate arrogance that only plays at being dark and edgy. It's a bit of a TakeThat to a certain other wrestling promotion's corporate culture.

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** First-ever AEW World Champion Chris Jericho is shaping up to be was the main BigBad, BigBad for a while, after his vicious attack on Cody and Dustin Rhodes and the Young Bucks, alongside Sammy Guevara, Ortiz, Santana, and a debuting Jake Hager Hager, dubbing the [[PowerStable stable]] the Wrestling/InnerCircle.
** However, The Dark Order is another stable that is was not on the same level as The Inner Circle, but is was shaping up to become one similar to them. Lead Led by Evil Uno, who is under the command of the Exalted One, the stable attacks attacked at random and seems seemed to be a {{cult}} of [[{{Mook}} Creepers]]. While the Inner Circle is was all about [[{{Greed}} money]] and [[GlorySeeker fame in AEW]], [[HiddenAgendaVillain nothing is was known about The Dark Order's goals]]; Evil Uno seems seemed to be building an army of followers for the Exalted One, going as far to recruit those on a losing streak streak, or someone in tag teams, team members like Christopher Daniels. With the revelation of the Exalted One as Brodie Lee (the former Luke Harper), it's clearer that the Dark Order is was basically corporate arrogance that only plays at being dark and edgy. It's a bit of a TakeThat to a certain other wrestling promotion's corporate culture.



* CallBack: During the Casino Battle Royal at ''Double or Nothing'', MJF eliminated sentimental fan favorite Wrestling/{{Glacier}} and taunted the crowd as he basked in the boos, only to back into Wrestling/BillyGunn, who was standing behind him giving him a DeathGlare. During the Dynamite Dozen Battle Royal on the 20th November episode of ''Dynamite'', MJF eliminated fan favorite Orange Cassidy while he was in the middle of unleashing his [[RunningGag "ruthless assault"]] on Billy Gunn,[[note]]itself a CallBack to when Cassidy had done the same thing to Wrestling/TommyDreamer in the Casino Battle Royal[[/note]] ''really'' pissing off the crowd. Once again, MJF taunted them as he relished their hatred, only to once again back up into Gunn, who was glaring daggers from behind again. He even put on a HereWeGoAgain expression as he turned around to take his punishment.

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* CallBack: During the Casino Battle Royal at ''Double or Nothing'', MJF eliminated sentimental fan favorite Wrestling/{{Glacier}} and taunted the crowd as he basked in the boos, only to back into Wrestling/BillyGunn, who was standing behind him giving him a DeathGlare. During the Dynamite Dozen Battle Royal on the 20th November episode of ''Dynamite'', MJF eliminated fan favorite Orange Cassidy while he was in the middle of unleashing his [[RunningGag "ruthless assault"]] on Billy Gunn,[[note]]itself Gunn[[note]]itself a CallBack to when Cassidy had done the same thing to Wrestling/TommyDreamer in the Casino Battle Royal[[/note]] Royal[[/note]], ''really'' pissing off the crowd. Once again, MJF taunted them as he relished their hatred, only to once again back up into Gunn, who was glaring daggers from behind again. He even put on a HereWeGoAgain expression as he turned around to take his punishment.



* {{Corpsing}}: The camera has a habit of zooming in on Chris Jericho's face during his entrances. Ever since the crowd started singing his entrance theme he can be seen smiling out-of-character. (His cheeks become pinched-in.)
* {{Crossover}}: While AEW has maintained cordial working relationships with a number of other promotions since its inception, in December 2020 it began a more direct crossover with Wrestling/ImpactWrestling when Wrestling/DonCallis helped Kenny Omega cheat to beat Champion Jon Moxley then declared that Omega would be appearing on ''Impact'' with the AEW belt. This grew into the start of a mutual invasion angle, with Impact Tag Team champions The Good Brothers ([[Wrestling/DrewHankinson Doc Gallows]] and Wrestling/KarlAnderson, formerly of Wrestling/BulletClub with Kenny) showing up on ''Dynamite'' to wrestle, Kenny joining them to take on Impact Champion Rich Swann, [[Wrestling/QuinnOjinnaka Moose]] and Chris Sabin at Impact's ''Hard to Kill 2021'' PPV, and Matt Hardy leading Private Party to Impact to challenge the Good Brothers as well. AEW owner Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone even started buying ad space on ''Impact'' episodes, cutting snarky promos on the promotion.
** A two-way crossover occurred for a single title that AEW didn't even own: in early 2021, KENTA of New Japan Pro Wrestling suddenly attacked Jon Moxley over the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship - a title that Moxley had held for over a year and one that KENTA had the rights to challenge for. Not only did this allow KENTA to wrestle a match on Dynamite (a tag match alongside Kenny Omega against Moxley and Lance Archer), but this also resulted in a brief time period where Moxley was officially recognized as a titleholder in New Japan despite no prior mention to it.

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* {{Corpsing}}: The camera has a habit of zooming in on Chris Jericho's face during his entrances. Ever since the crowd started singing his entrance theme theme, he can be seen smiling out-of-character. (His cheeks become pinched-in.)
* {{Crossover}}: While AEW has maintained cordial working relationships with a number of other promotions since its inception, in December 2020 it began a more direct crossover with Wrestling/ImpactWrestling when Wrestling/DonCallis helped Kenny Omega cheat to beat Champion Jon Moxley Moxley, then declared that Omega would be appearing on ''Impact'' with the AEW belt. This grew into the start of a mutual invasion angle, with Impact Tag Team champions The Good Brothers ([[Wrestling/DrewHankinson Doc Gallows]] and Wrestling/KarlAnderson, formerly of Wrestling/BulletClub with Kenny) showing up on ''Dynamite'' to wrestle, Kenny joining them to take on Impact Champion Rich Swann, [[Wrestling/QuinnOjinnaka Moose]] and Chris Sabin at Impact's ''Hard to Kill 2021'' PPV, and Matt Hardy leading Private Party to Impact to challenge the Good Brothers as well. AEW owner Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone even started buying ad space on ''Impact'' episodes, cutting snarky promos on the promotion.
** A two-way crossover occurred for a single title that AEW didn't even own: in early 2021, KENTA of New Japan Pro Wrestling suddenly attacked Jon Moxley over the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship - a title that Moxley had held for over a year and one that KENTA had the rights to challenge for. Not only did this allow KENTA to wrestle a match on Dynamite (a tag match alongside Kenny Omega against Moxley and Lance Archer), but this also resulted in a brief time period where Moxley was officially recognized as a titleholder in New Japan despite no prior mention to of it.



** The foundation of AEW marked a significant shift in the balance of power in the North American wrestling scene. After Wrestling/ImpactWrestling and Wrestling/RingOfHonor had failed to gain more than niche followings (and Impact, formerly known as TNA, had managed to repeatedly embarrass itself when it had tried to compete with WWE on its own level, such as the "New Monday Night Wars" when they moved their flagship TV show Mondays to go against ''Raw'') after the fall of Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{ECW}} at the end of the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, the backing of Tony Khan and the guiding hands of The Elite meant that AEW aimed to be the true SpiritualSuccessor to WCW that fans had been clamouring for ever since the end of the Monday Night Wars. Even though it didn't aim to directly confront WWE on its own massive level,[[note]]Tony Khan and his father Shahid Khan are considerably richer than Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, but this still doesn't give AEW even a fraction of the phenomenal operating budget that WWE enjoys as it is still ultimately a passion project for Tony, while the "Wednesday Night War" was actually initiated by Vince, when he moved ''NXT'' to go head-to-head against ''Dynamite''[[/note]] by providing another promotion where wrestlers can sign to gain a relatively good amount of mainstream exposure without the harsh working schedules and difficult backstage environment of WWE, AEW managed to offer workers on the North American wrestling scene an alternative career trajectory than ultimately striving to end up in WWE. The existence of AEW had a considerable effect on the way WWE did business almost immediately, with the company signing more talent to longer, more lucrative contracts in order to keep as many wrestlers as possible away from AEW.
** On November 12, 2020, Tony Khan [[https://twitter.com/TonyKhan/status/1326536467414396928 tweeted]] that "the balance of power in wrestling will shift tonight". When the most dramatic thing to happen on the episode of ''Dynamite'' aired that night was the return of Wrestling/{{PAC}} (who had been absent for months thanks to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic) this tweet became the subject of some mockery, but events that shortly followed suggested he had simply been a couple of weeks premature, as the December 2 episode revealed that AEW had entered into a working relationship with Wrestling/ImpactWrestling (which, despite the past failings mentioned above, was still the third biggest wrestling promotion in the USA after AEW's foundation) when Kenny Omega won the AEW World Championship and absconded together with Impact Wrestling vice president Wrestling/DonCallis to make his next appearance on the subsequent episode of ''Impact!'', eventually leading to Impact World Tag Team Champions the Good Brothers (Wrestling/DocGallows and Wrestling/KarlAnderson) appearing on ''Dynamite'' and even Kenny wrestling a main event match on the next Impact PPV. Together with the working relationships AEW already had with the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and Wrestling/{{AAA}}, it was speculated that AEW was assembling [[TheAlliance a massive wrestling company coalition]] to compete against WWE, speculation that went into overdrive when Wrestling/{{KENTA}} kicked open the "forbidden door" at the end of the February 3, 2021 ''Beach Break'' special episode of ''Dynamite'', revealing that AEW had also come to terms (or was in the process of coming to terms) with Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, the biggest wrestling company in Japan. Fans have theorised that AEW is attempting to revive the interpromotional wrestling network of the pre-WWE hegemony territory days, only now on a ''global'' scale.

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** The foundation of AEW marked a significant shift in the balance of power in the North American wrestling scene. After the fall of Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{ECW}} at the end of the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, and after Wrestling/ImpactWrestling and Wrestling/RingOfHonor had failed to gain more than niche followings (and Impact, formerly known as TNA, had managed to repeatedly embarrass itself when it had tried to compete with WWE on its own level, such as the "New Monday Night Wars" when they moved their flagship TV show to Mondays to go against ''Raw'') after the fall of Wrestling/{{WCW}} and Wrestling/{{ECW}} at the end of the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, ''Raw''), the backing of Tony Khan and the guiding hands of The Elite meant that AEW aimed to be the true SpiritualSuccessor to WCW that fans had long been clamouring for ever since the end of the Monday Night Wars. for. Even though it didn't aim to directly confront WWE on its own massive level,[[note]]Tony level[[note]]Tony Khan and his father Shahid Khan are considerably richer than Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, but this still doesn't give AEW even a fraction of the phenomenal operating budget that WWE enjoys enjoys, as it is still ultimately a passion project for Tony, while Tony; the "Wednesday Night War" was actually initiated by Vince, when he moved ''NXT'' to go head-to-head against ''Dynamite''[[/note]] ''Dynamite''[[/note]], by providing another promotion where wrestlers can sign to gain a relatively good amount of mainstream exposure without the harsh working schedules and difficult backstage environment of WWE, AEW managed to offer workers on the North American wrestling scene an alternative career trajectory than ultimately striving to end up in WWE. The existence of AEW had a considerable effect on the way WWE did business almost immediately, with the company signing more talent to longer, more lucrative contracts in order to keep as many wrestlers as possible away from AEW.
** On November 12, 2020, Tony Khan [[https://twitter.com/TonyKhan/status/1326536467414396928 tweeted]] that "the balance of power in wrestling will shift tonight". When the most dramatic thing to happen on the episode of ''Dynamite'' aired that night was the return of Wrestling/{{PAC}} (who had been absent for months thanks to the UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic) UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic), this tweet became the subject of some mockery, but events that shortly followed suggested he had simply been a couple of weeks premature, as the December 2 episode revealed that AEW had entered into a working relationship with Wrestling/ImpactWrestling (which, despite the past failings mentioned above, was still the third biggest wrestling promotion in the USA after AEW's foundation) when Kenny Omega won the AEW World Championship and absconded together with Impact Wrestling vice president Wrestling/DonCallis to make his next appearance on the subsequent episode of ''Impact!'', eventually leading to Impact World Tag Team Champions the Good Brothers (Wrestling/DocGallows and Wrestling/KarlAnderson) appearing on ''Dynamite'' ''Dynamite'', and even Kenny wrestling a main event match on the next Impact PPV. Together with the working relationships AEW already had with the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and Wrestling/{{AAA}}, it was speculated that AEW was assembling [[TheAlliance a massive wrestling company coalition]] to compete against WWE, speculation that went into overdrive when Wrestling/{{KENTA}} kicked open the "forbidden door" at the end of the February 3, 2021 ''Beach Break'' special episode of ''Dynamite'', revealing that AEW had also come to terms (or was in the process of coming to terms) with Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, the biggest wrestling company in Japan. Fans have theorised that AEW is attempting to revive the interpromotional wrestling network of the pre-WWE hegemony territory days, only now on a ''global'' scale.



* IMeantToDoThat:[[invoked]] After the embarrassing incident during a beatdown by the Dark Order on the Elite where one of the Creepers was caught full-on camera [[FightSceneFailure throwing punches at Dustin Rhodes that weren't even in the same postcode as his head]] AEW came in for a lot of mockery for the segment. They responded by working it into the story, giving the Dark Order another one of their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jsvjERWrsI vignette videos]] where it was implied that the Creeper in question was [[TheMole a mole infiltrating the Order]] who was only faking his participation in the beatdown and [[YouHaveFailedMe they had him "dealt with"]].
* InterfaceSpoiler: A hypothetical one, but during the premiere episode of ''Dynamite'' when the Women's World Championship belt was revealed, a lot of people took one look at it and immediately guessed who was going to win it. The belt is absolutely ''tiny'' by wrestling belt standards, even women's belt standards (as could be seen [[https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSeckoe_K6OqrJtizhc7grZaV3lOgCEfYcWVoBYSJo7RGWRBHcK when the ref held it up]]) and was being contested between 170 pound female WrestlingMonster Nyla Rose and petite Japanese ''joshi'' Riho, who weighs well under 100 pounds soaking wet. Riho won, and the tiny belt was nicely sized for her.
* {{Jobber}}: AEW has a recurring roster of jobbers (of both genders) who show up repeatedly to lose to higher-standing talent. Some of them, like Peter "the Librarian" Avalon and Brandon Cutler are full characters who wrestle on the main show as well, while most are enhancement talent who only appear on ''Dark'' and don't have a real character or get an opportunity to talk. Regardless, some of them (like Shawn "The Captain" Dean, Lee Johnson, Skyler Moore and Musa) manage to get quite over with the fans who want to see them pick up their first win due to good performances. You can also never tell when an apparent jobber losing on ''Dark'' will be picked up and promoted to a full performer if they're well-received enough, like Preston Vance, who lost his debut match to Darby Allin and was promptly recruited by the Dark Order as "10", or Alan Angels, who was recruited as "5".

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* IMeantToDoThat:[[invoked]] After the embarrassing incident during a beatdown by the Dark Order on the Elite where one of the Creepers was caught full-on camera [[FightSceneFailure throwing punches at Dustin Rhodes that weren't even in the same postcode as his head]] head]], AEW came in for a lot of mockery for the segment. They responded by working it into the story, giving the Dark Order another one of their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jsvjERWrsI vignette videos]] where it was implied that the Creeper in question was [[TheMole a mole infiltrating the Order]] who was only faking his participation in the beatdown and [[YouHaveFailedMe they had him "dealt with"]].
* InterfaceSpoiler: A hypothetical one, but during the premiere episode of ''Dynamite'' when the Women's World Championship belt was revealed, a lot of people took one look at it and immediately guessed who was going to win it. The belt is absolutely ''tiny'' by wrestling belt standards, even women's belt standards (as could be seen [[https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSeckoe_K6OqrJtizhc7grZaV3lOgCEfYcWVoBYSJo7RGWRBHcK when the ref held it up]]) up]]), and was being contested between 170 pound female WrestlingMonster Nyla Rose and petite Japanese ''joshi'' Riho, who weighs well under 100 pounds soaking wet. Riho won, and the tiny belt was nicely sized for her.
* {{Jobber}}: AEW has a recurring roster of jobbers (of both genders) who show up repeatedly to lose to higher-standing talent. Some of them, like Peter "the Librarian" Avalon and Brandon Cutler Cutler, are full characters who wrestle on the main show as well, while most are enhancement talent who only appear on ''Dark'' and don't have a real character or get an opportunity to talk. Regardless, some of them (like Shawn "The Captain" Dean, Lee Johnson, Skyler Moore and Musa) manage to get quite over with the fans who want to see them pick up their first win due to good performances. You can also never tell when an apparent jobber losing on ''Dark'' will be picked up and promoted to a full performer if they're well-received enough, like Preston Vance, who lost his debut match to Darby Allin and was promptly recruited by the Dark Order as "10", or Alan Angels, who was recruited as "5".



* MeleeATrois: ''Double or Nothing'' 2019 had a triple threat booked between Dr. Britt Baker, Kylie Rae, Nyla Rose [[spoiler:and [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]] as a surprise entrant to make it a fatal four-way]].

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* MeleeATrois: ''Double or Nothing'' 2019 had a triple threat booked between Dr. Britt Baker, Kylie Rae, and Nyla Rose [[spoiler:and [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]] as a surprise entrant to make it a fatal four-way]].



* RealityEnsues: An onscreen variation. As commentary was wont to point out many times since Cody's initial title victory, Cody's weekly TNT Title defenses, coupled with his heavy workload as EVP of the company, was clearly taking a great physical toll, as it took increasingly more effort to put away later opponents and Cody had little to no time to rest any of his accrued injuries leading up to the next show with his company-related responsibilities. Enter Mister Brodie Lee as the latest challenger. While Cody put up an initial flurry, the exhaustion and numerous injuries finally caught up with him and Lee bulldozes Cody in 4 minutes flat to become the new champion.
* RedHerring: During the championship match between Jericho and Cody at ''Full Gear'' 2019, a time limit of 60 minutes was put on the bout, with three judges on hand to decide on a winner if it went to time. Even more notably, the judges were Wrestling/ArnAnderson, the legendary Wrestling/KeijiMutoh, and ''Wrestling/DeanMalenko'', Jericho's ArchEnemy from WCW, and during the match Jericho even got into Malenko's face, almost starting a physical altercation with him, all of which pointed towards the possibility of the match using all of its alotted time and requiring the judges to step in. [[spoiler:As it turned out, the match didn't even get close to 60 minutes and ended just shy of 30 minutes when Wrestling/{{MJF}} threw in the towel for Cody, with the judges not being required at all.]]

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* RealityEnsues: An onscreen variation. As commentary was wont to point out many times since Cody's initial title victory, Cody's weekly TNT Title defenses, coupled with his heavy workload as EVP of the company, was clearly taking a great physical toll, as it took increasingly more effort to put away later opponents and Cody had little to no time to rest any of his accrued injuries leading up to the next show with his company-related responsibilities. Enter Mister Brodie Lee as the latest challenger. While Cody put up an initial flurry, the exhaustion and numerous injuries finally caught up with him him, and Lee bulldozes Cody in 4 minutes flat to become the new champion.
* RedHerring: During the championship match between Jericho and Cody at ''Full Gear'' 2019, a time limit of 60 minutes was put on the bout, with three judges on hand to decide on a winner if it went to time. Even more notably, the judges were Wrestling/ArnAnderson, the legendary Wrestling/KeijiMutoh, and ''Wrestling/DeanMalenko'', Jericho's ArchEnemy from WCW, and during the match Jericho even got into Malenko's face, almost starting a physical altercation with him, all of which pointed towards the possibility of the match using all of its alotted time and requiring the judges to step in. [[spoiler:As it turned out, the match didn't even get close to 60 minutes and ended minutes, ending just shy of 30 minutes when Wrestling/{{MJF}} threw in the towel for Cody, with the judges not being required at all.]]



** The text above "Hangman" Adam Page's nameplate being changed to various silly things, much to his frustration. Examples include, "Drank a bottle of whiskey at home alone last Wednesday", "IDK make it say something like Happyee Hawlidays", "Has been drinking" ([[https://twitter.com/theAdamPage/status/1214536322402131969 which got popular enough to make it onto a shirt]]), and, "Not gonna pay Private Party that $12".

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** The text above "Hangman" Adam Page's nameplate being changed to various silly things, much to his frustration. Examples include, "Drank a bottle of whiskey at home alone last Wednesday", "IDK make it say something like Happyee Hawlidays", "Has been drinking" ([[https://twitter.com/theAdamPage/status/1214536322402131969 which got popular enough to make it onto a shirt]]), and, and "Not gonna pay Private Party that $12".



* SmallRoleBigImpact: [[https://twitter.com/TheWWEGuy_/status/864542537360474112 A random guy on Twitter]] doing a question to [[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Dave Meltzer]] led to [[https://twitter.com/CodyRhodes/status/864546973461950465 a bet]] with Wrestling/CodyRhodes which also involved Wrestling/TheYoungBucks. A year later this strange chain of events led to the creation of ''All In'', the biggest indie PPV, and half a year later, it ended up in the creation of AEW.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: [[https://twitter.com/TheWWEGuy_/status/864542537360474112 A random guy on Twitter]] doing a question to [[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Dave Meltzer]] led to [[https://twitter.com/CodyRhodes/status/864546973461950465 a bet]] with Wrestling/CodyRhodes which also involved Wrestling/TheYoungBucks. A year later this strange chain of events led to the creation of ''All In'', the biggest indie PPV, and half a year later, it ended up in with the creation of AEW.



* SpiritualSuccessor: AEW is a promotion based in the American South with a Rhodes holding the book, a weekly show on TNT (named ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Dynamite]]'', no less), a popular faction of real-life close friends up front and center, international agreements that grant access to cutting-edge talent, and a billionaire backing it all... hmm, [[Wrestling/{{WCW}} what major wrestling company could this possibly remind people of?]] Cody has admitted this is a little deliberate, and that he has harbored some thoughts that AEW is an avenger for WCW. He's also stated that, while it's certainly a romantic idea, he isn't going to be pursuing it, as he has people who rely on him and have no interest in taking down WWE.[[note]]While there are some similarities between AEW and WCW, the differences actually appear to greatly outweigh them, key being that WCW was built upon one of the oldest wrestling companies, the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]], which had a venerable lineage of titles, an established audience, and a sizable talent pool with mainstream recognition. In fact, ''World Championship Wrestling'' had actually started as the NWA's weekly studio TV show for years before becoming a distinct company. AEW, on the other hand, was an unproven entity, with talent mostly from the independent scenes or who were highly popular overseas but remained relatively unknown to the mainstream audiences in the US.[[/note]]

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* SpiritualSuccessor: AEW is a promotion based in the American South with a Rhodes holding the book, a weekly show on TNT (named ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Dynamite]]'', no less), a popular faction of real-life close friends up front and center, international agreements that grant access to cutting-edge talent, and a billionaire backing it all... hmm, [[Wrestling/{{WCW}} what major wrestling company could this possibly remind people of?]] Cody has admitted that this is a little deliberate, and that he has harbored some thoughts that AEW is an avenger for WCW. He's also stated that, while it's certainly a romantic idea, he isn't going to be pursuing it, as he has people who rely on him and have no interest in taking down WWE.[[note]]While there are some similarities between AEW and WCW, the differences actually appear to greatly outweigh them, key being that WCW was built upon one of the oldest wrestling companies, the [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]], which had a venerable lineage of titles, an established audience, and a sizable talent pool with mainstream recognition. In fact, ''World Championship Wrestling'' had actually started as the NWA's weekly studio TV show for years before becoming a distinct company. AEW, on the other hand, was an unproven entity, with talent mostly from the independent scenes or who were highly popular overseas but remained relatively unknown to the mainstream audiences in the US.[[/note]]



** The Librarian gimmick is intentionally bad. In fact, it traces its origins on [[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Dave Meltzer]] saying that the one gimmick that would never get over in wrestling would be that of a librarian.

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** The Librarian gimmick is intentionally bad. In fact, it traces its origins on to [[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Dave Meltzer]] saying that the one gimmick that would never get over in wrestling would be that of a librarian.



--->'''Brodie Lee:''' Mr. Daniels, I assure you you're not the first out of touch old man to not believe in me, but I will make damn sure you're the last.

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--->'''Brodie Lee:''' Mr. Daniels, I assure you you're not the first out of touch out-of-touch old man to not believe in me, but I will make damn sure you're the last.



*** For Geta-San, this is a historical shot at WWE. Geta-San was the director of the 4 main Nintendo 64 pro wrestling games under AKI Corp, now known as Syn Sophia, since 1997. The first N64 game, [[TropeCodifier WCW vs. nWo World Tour]], was the game that set the standard of pro wrestling games and fighting games because of its focal point: The unrivaled game engine that was very simple to play, but difficult-yet-addicting to master thanks to the many available gameplay options. WCW was WWF's competitor at the time and to see a game dent WWF's fortunes shows how big this game is. WCW/nWo Revenge was the tipping point where WWF decided to actually buy the competition away from WCW to do WWF Wrestlemania 2000 and WWF No Mercy, which later on led to WCW's demise and later on purchase from WWF. What made these 4 games great is that while it adds new features, it only refines the core gameplay without mass overhauling the game's engine like other wrestling games. WWF No Mercy was the last of the series and like every improvement, is the TropeCodifier of pro wrestling games that even hardcore fans today have modded the WWF No Mercy to match the current roster such as NXT. WWF Backlash (2001) was also in development for the Nintendo 64, but that game was never completed. Despite Syn Sophia suggesting Yuke's to WWF for [[Wrestling/WWESmackdown SmackDown]] development for [=PlayStation=], it is unknown why WWF and Syn Sophia separated ways in favor of Yuke's for the Nintendo Gamecube.
*** Kenny Omega and Cody mentioning that this game will take time to develop and wants to make this the best pro wrestling game ever, thanks to the above mentioned. This is a shot at WWE's practice of releasing a game every year and lowered the quality testing, which was the result of [[ObviousBeta WWE 2K20's abysmal launch that set the pro wrestling bar very low]]. This is also a shot at TNA (Impact Wrestling) for rushing the game to have mediocre reviews that it did not release a sequel after that, even with some input from AJ Styles and Samoa Joe who were known gamers and also wanted a No Mercy like game for TNA.

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*** For Geta-San, this is a historical shot at WWE. Geta-San was the director of the 4 main Nintendo 64 pro wrestling games under AKI Corp, now known as Syn Sophia, since 1997. The first N64 game, [[TropeCodifier WCW vs. nWo World Tour]], was the game that set the standard of pro wrestling games and fighting games because of its focal point: The unrivaled game engine that was very simple to play, but difficult-yet-addicting to master thanks to the many available gameplay options. WCW was WWF's competitor at the time time, and to see a game dent WWF's fortunes shows how big this game is. WCW/nWo Revenge was the tipping point where WWF decided to actually buy the competition away from WCW to do WWF Wrestlemania 2000 and WWF No Mercy, which later on led to WCW's demise and later on purchase from WWF. What made these 4 games great is that while it adds new features, it only refines the core gameplay without mass overhauling the game's engine like other wrestling games. WWF No Mercy was Mercy, the last of the series and like every improvement, series, is the TropeCodifier of pro wrestling games games, to the point that even hardcore fans today have modded the WWF No Mercy it to match the current roster such as NXT. WWF Backlash (2001) was also in development for the Nintendo 64, but that game was never completed. Despite Syn Sophia suggesting Yuke's to WWF for [[Wrestling/WWESmackdown SmackDown]] development for [=PlayStation=], it is unknown why WWF and Syn Sophia separated ways in favor of Yuke's for the Nintendo Gamecube.
*** Kenny Omega and Cody mentioning that this game will take time to develop and wants to make this the best pro wrestling game ever, thanks to the above mentioned. This is a shot at WWE's practice of releasing a game every year and lowered lowering the quality testing, which was the result of [[ObviousBeta WWE 2K20's abysmal launch that set the pro wrestling bar very low]]. This is also a shot at TNA (Impact Wrestling) for rushing the their game to have and getting such mediocre reviews that it did not release a sequel after that, even with some input from AJ Styles and Samoa Joe who were known gamers and also wanted a No Mercy like game for TNA.



----> '''Khan''': You spent a cup of coffee in Impact Wrestling yourself, didn't you Tony?

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----> '''Khan''': You spent a cup of coffee in Impact Wrestling yourself, didn't you you, Tony?



** After Kenny Omega defeated Jon Moxley for the World Championship then immediately booked it for the back with Wrestling/DonCallis:

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** After Kenny Omega defeated Jon Moxley for the World Championship Championship, then immediately booked it for the back with Wrestling/DonCallis:






** The company's first PPV ''Double or Nothing'' 2019 ended featuring one. Wrestling/ChrisJericho is gloating on the ring after defeating Wrestling/KennyOmega, demanding a thank you from the fans, before the camera cuts to [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose a very familiar, very lunatic man]] stalking through the crowd and heading to the ring (after having become famous in another company for [[Wrestling/TheShield entering the ring through the crowd]], no less).
** The end of the March 18, 2020 episode of ''Dynamite'' has the Wrestling/InnerCircle gloating their win against Wrestling/TheElite, a white drone appears. A ''[[Wrestling/MattHardy very familiar]]'' white drone.

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** The company's first PPV ''Double or Nothing'' 2019 ended featuring one. Wrestling/ChrisJericho is gloating on in the ring after defeating Wrestling/KennyOmega, demanding a thank you from the fans, before the camera cuts to [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose a very familiar, very lunatic man]] stalking through the crowd and heading to the ring (after having become famous in another company for [[Wrestling/TheShield entering the ring through the crowd]], no less).
** The end of the March 18, 2020 episode of ''Dynamite'' has the Wrestling/InnerCircle gloating over their win against Wrestling/TheElite, when a white drone appears. A ''[[Wrestling/MattHardy very familiar]]'' white drone.



** One of the promotion's early storylines concerned two wrestlers being given the gimmick of "The Librarian", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a wrestling librarian]]. Cody and Kenny backed Leva Bates for the role of The Librarian, while Matt Jackson and Christopher Daniels backed Peter Avalon for the role. Eventually, both Librarians met each other at the ''Double or Nothing'' Buy-In, and subsequently managed each other to their matches.

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** One of the promotion's early storylines concerned two wrestlers being given the gimmick of "The Librarian", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a wrestling librarian]]. Cody and Kenny backed Leva Bates for the role of The Librarian, while Matt Jackson and Christopher Daniels backed Peter Avalon for the role. Eventually, both Librarians met each other at the ''Double or Nothing'' Buy-In, and subsequently managed each other to in their matches.

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* WritingAroundTrademarks: While AEW is the SpiritualSuccessor to Wrestling/{{WCW}}, they can't actually ''say'' WCW, because WCW is owned entirely by WWE, who bought it up for pennies at the end of the Wrestling/MondayNightWars. Notably, when Sting made his iconic debut on the "Winter Is Coming" episode of ''Dynamite,'' Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross could only refer to him being "back on TNT" after not having been seen there "since 2001".


AEW's weekly show, ''AEW Dynamite'', airs on Creator/{{TNT}} in the United States on Wednesdays, which premiered on October 2, 2019. The company have a secondary show exclusive to Website/YouTube called ''AEW Dark'' airing on Tuesdays, which features dark matches not aired at the TNT live broadcast.

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AEW's weekly show, ''AEW Dynamite'', airs on Creator/{{TNT}} in the United States on Wednesdays, which premiered on October 2, 2019. The company have a secondary show exclusive to Website/YouTube called ''AEW Dark'' airing on Tuesdays, which features dark matches not aired at the TNT live broadcast.
broadcast, and another similar one starting from March 2021 called ''AEW Dark Elevation'' which airs on Mondays.


* Female roster: Abadon, Allie, Leva Bates, Britt Baker, Big Swole, Jade Cargill, Tay Conti, Serena Deeb, Diamante, Penelope Ford, Ivelisse, Anna Jay, Wrestling/AjaKong, [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]], Mel, Shoko Nakajima, Brandi Rhodes, Riho, Nyla Rose, Yuka Sakazaki, Emi Sakura, Shanna, Hikaru Shida, Wrestling/KrisStatlander, Thunder Rosa.

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* Female roster: Abadon, Allie, Leva Bates, Britt Baker, Big Swole, Jade Cargill, Tay Conti, Serena Deeb, Diamante, Penelope Ford, Ivelisse, Anna Jay, Wrestling/AjaKong, [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Awesome Kong]], Mel, Shoko Nakajima, Red Velvet, Brandi Rhodes, Riho, Nyla Rose, Yuka Sakazaki, Emi Sakura, Shanna, Hikaru Shida, Wrestling/KrisStatlander, Thunder Rosa.


** [[Wrestling/TheRevival FTR]] (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler)



** [[Wrestling/TheRevival FTR]] (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler)



** The Initiative (Brandon Cutler and Peter Avalon)


* AbortedArc: In the face of a consistently chilly reception from fans, the Nightmare Collective stable was shut down at the behest of Brandi Rhodes. Where it was meant to go will likely be a RiddleForTheAges. [[spoiler: However, Mel and Dr. Luther are still around and might have set their sights on Havoc on the 02/15 episode of AEW Dark.]] This was also aborted when [[spoiler:Havoc departed amidst the [=#MeToo=] movement]].

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* AbortedArc: In the face of a consistently chilly reception from fans, the Nightmare Collective stable was shut down at the behest of Brandi Rhodes. Where it was meant to go will likely be a RiddleForTheAges. [[spoiler: However, Mel and Dr. Luther are still around and might have set their sights on Havoc on the 02/15 episode of AEW Dark.]] This was also aborted when [[spoiler:Havoc departed amidst the [=#MeToo=] [=#SpeakingOut=] movement]].


** The March 18, 2020 episode of ''Dynamite'' reveals a debuting [[Wrestling/LukeHarper Brodie Lee]] as TheLeader of [[Wrestling/TheSuperSmashBrothers the Dark Order]], and closes with Wrestling/MattHardy also joining AEW.
** The special December 2, 2020 ''Winter Is Coming'' episode of ''Dynamite'' features two major reveals. The first is Wrestling/{{Sting}} becoming All Elite, walking out to break up a post-match brawl with his presence alone. The second is Wrestling/KennyOmega winning the AEW World Championship, and subsequently revealing that he will be celebrating his victory on the next week's episode of ''[[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling Impact!]]''.
* WhamLine: After Kenny Omega defeated Jon Moxley for the World Championship then immediately booked it for the back with Wrestling/DonCallis:

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** The March 18, 2020 episode of ''Dynamite'' reveals revealed a debuting [[Wrestling/LukeHarper Brodie Lee]] as TheLeader of [[Wrestling/TheSuperSmashBrothers the Dark Order]], and closes closed with Wrestling/MattHardy also joining AEW.
** The special December 2, 2020 ''Winter Is Coming'' episode of ''Dynamite'' features featured two major reveals. The first is was Wrestling/{{Sting}} becoming All Elite, walking out to break up a post-match brawl with his presence alone. The second is was Wrestling/KennyOmega winning the AEW World Championship, and subsequently revealing that he will would be celebrating his victory on the next week's episode of ''[[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling Impact!]]''.
** The March 10, 2021 ''Dynamite'' saw Wrestling/ChrisJericho call a "war council" of the Wrestling/InnerCircle. First, Sammy Guevara, who had left the stable due to Wrestling/{{MJF}}'s antics, came back, showing a video which revealed MJF had been plotting to usurp Jericho's leadership. Then, the rest of the stable revealed their continued loyalty to Jericho, who kicked MJF out... only for MJF to reveal he had [[Wrestling/ThePinnacle started his own stable]], which proceeded to beat down the Inner Circle.
* WhamLine: WhamLine:
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After Kenny Omega defeated Jon Moxley for the World Championship then immediately booked it for the back with Wrestling/DonCallis:


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** After Jericho kicked MJF out of the Inner Circle:
-->'''MJF:''' Chris, I swear to God I didn't want to take over your group. I swear, I swear, man... (slows down) 'cause I was too busy... building [[Wrestling/ThePinnacle my own]]! (''smirks'')


* PowerStable: The Wrestling/InnerCircle is the first prominent group in the promotion, followed by Wrestling/TheDarkOrder and most recently The Pinnacle. There are also the {{Power Trio}}s mentioned below.

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* PowerStable: The Wrestling/InnerCircle is the first prominent group in the promotion, followed by Wrestling/TheDarkOrder and most recently The Pinnacle.Wrestling/ThePinnacle. There are also the {{Power Trio}}s mentioned below.

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* TheCameo: AEW makes extensive use of journeyman wrestlers (men and women who are brought in to wrestle without being signed to a long-term contract), not only as {{Jobber}}s on ''Dark'' but on the main show (such as Matt Sydal's brother Mike [[BashBrothers teaming with him]]) and even occasionally in main events, perhaps most notably when Chris Jericho brought in "Mr. Athletic" Jeff Cobb as a hired gun to take out Jon Moxley ahead of their championship match at ''Revolution 2020''.


* PowerStable: The Wrestling/InnerCircle is the first prominent group in the promotion, followed by Wrestling/TheDarkOrder. There are also the {{Power Trio}}s mentioned below.

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* PowerStable: The Wrestling/InnerCircle is the first prominent group in the promotion, followed by Wrestling/TheDarkOrder.Wrestling/TheDarkOrder and most recently The Pinnacle. There are also the {{Power Trio}}s mentioned below.

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