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All Elite Wrestling, LLC (AEW) is an American Professional Wrestling promotion based out of Jacksonville, Florida.

Its early seeds were planted by Cody Rhodes, Matt & Nick Jackson as a result of their successful show ALL IN in late 2018 alongside the Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan and his son Tony Khan who would join in their journey later that year. After The Elite (Cody, Matt, Nick, Kenny Omega, and "Hangman" Adam Page) finished up their ROH/NJPW commitments (save for stablemate Marty Scurll who had several months on his ROH contract) they went on to launch the AEW venture. (Scurll eventually did not follow them to AEW, choosing to continue with ROH & the newly revitalized NWA.)

In January 2019, the promotion announced a sequel to ALL IN dubbed Double or Nothing, which would serve as the company's inaugural event, as well as announcing the roles of Executive Vice President (initially consisting of Cody Rhodes and Matt & Nick Jackson, with Kenny Omega coming on board the following month), Chief Brand Officer (Brandi Rhodes), and the initial roster. They also announced a working relationship with Chinese professional wrestling promotion Oriental Wrestling Entertainment (OWE) founded by Japanese wrestler CIMA. Also in February 2019, AEW announced a partnership with Mexican promotion AAA.


The developments of the company can be followed in the following channels:

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

The promotion recognizes five championships;

  • AEW World Champion: Jon Moxley since February 29, 2020
  • AEW Women's World Champion: Hikaru Shida since May 23, 2020
  • AEW World Tag Team Champions: FTR since September 5, 2020
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  • AEW TNT Champion: Brodie Lee since August 22, 2020
  • FTW Heavyweight Champion: Brian Cage since July 8, 2020

Both rosters include tag teams.

All Elite Tropes:

  • Aborted Arc: 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 Riddle for the Ages. However, Mel and Dr. Luther are still around and might have set their sights on Havoc on the 02/15 episode of AEW Dark.
  • A Boy and His X: Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy's tag team name was originally "A Boy and His Dinosaur". Once Marko Stunt joined the stable, this trope was averted; they're now Jurassic Express.
  • Big Bad Ensemble:
    • First-ever AEW World Champion Chris Jericho is shaping up to be the main Big Bad, 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 stable the Inner Circle.
    • 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 Creepers. While the Inner Circle is all about money and fame in AEW, 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 Take That! to a certain other wrestling promotion's corporate culture.
  • Big Good: Cody, as not only executive vice president of the company but also a phenomenally over babyface.
  • Butt-Monkey: Brandon Cutler and Peter Avalon have both been piling up losses since AEW started doing shows. They didn't manage to score a win as a tag team either, so eventually they decided to go one-on-one on the September 15, 2020 episode of Dark to settle who would be the first to get a win... resulting in AEW's first-ever double count-out.
  • Call-Back: During the Casino Battle Royal at Double or Nothing, MJF eliminated sentimental fan favorite Glacier and taunted the crowd as he basked in the boos, only to back into Billy Gunn, who was standing behind him giving him a Death Glare. 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 "ruthless assault" on Billy Gunn,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 Here We Go Again! expression as he turned around to take his punishment.
  • Combat Commentator:
    • Retired wrestler Excalibur is a color commentator.
    • Allie did commentary during the women's fatal four-way in Double or Nothing.
    • Since Jim Ross stopped featuring in AEW Dark, a number of wrestlers have taken turns in joining Excalibur in the commentary booth, including Chuck Taylor, Shawn Spears, Nyla Rose and MJF. Some unaffiliated guests have even joined in, such as Colt Cabana (who signed full time shortly thereafter) and Vickie Guerrero.
  • 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.)
  • Crowd Song: Chris Jericho's "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune "Judas" became this to the extent that everything in the ring stops while the audience finishes singing up to the end of the first chorus ("I'm becoming Judas in my mind.")
  • Dark Reprise: The theme song for Lucha Brothers underwent this after teaming with PAC to become Death Triangle.
  • Different in Every Episode: Instead of the usual kayfabe factoids, the information tab on Hangman Adam Page's entrance graphic changes every week to reflect some random thought in-character as the Functional Addict, such as "Days Sober: 0", "Social Distancing Since November", and "IDK Make It Say Something Like Happee Hawlidays".
  • The Dragon: Several wrestlers have a big, strong enforcer.
  • Genki Girl:
    • Kylie Rae was basically AEW's equivalent of Bayley, always showing herself smiling and cheerful. When she left the company, the void of that role seems to be filled by both Riho and Allie (at least until Allie turned heel and joined The Butcher and The Blade as The Bunny).
    • Yuka Sakazaki fully counts as one, especially when she goofs off in the ring.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: One of the silly nameplate facts given to Adam Page when he and Kenny Omega faced off against the Lucha Brothers said, "¿Cómo se dice yeehaw?" ("How does one say yeehaw?").
  • Grievous Bottley Harm:
    • On the January 8, 2020 episode of Dynamite, Moxley smashed a bottle of "a little bit of the bubbly" over Jericho's head after refusing his offer to join The Inner Circle.
    • During the Stadium Stampede match at Double or Nothing 2020, Kenny Omega and "Hangman" Adam Page had to break five bottles of "a little bit of the bubbly" (from a bar inside the stadium the match took place) over Jake Hager's head to take him out of the match.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: Cody has stated that he believes Heels and Faces are tired tropes and that all wrestlers are merely “competitors”.
  • Halloween Episode: The October 30, 2019 edition of Dynamite featured numerous wrestlers coming to the ring in costume, including Best Friends as Rick and Morty, the Young Bucks as Ryu and Ken, and Kenny Omega as Sans.
  • Hidden Depths: On the December 4, 2019 Dynamite, Luchasaurus roared at Chris Jericho... then asked if Jericho really thought he talked like that and bragged about his Masters in medieval history (which he really does have).
  • I Meant to Do That: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 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 vignette videos where it was implied that the Creeper in question was a mole infiltrating the Order who was only faking his participation in the beatdown and they had him "dealt with".
  • Interface Spoiler: 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 when the ref held it up) and was being contested between 170 pound female Wrestling Monster 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".
  • Kid-Appeal Character:
    • Riho is only 93 pounds and became the inaugural Women's World Champion at age 22, having been wrestling since she was nine years old. Ratings have shown her segments are especially popular among teenage audiences.
    • Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy have been very popular with younger fans as well, due to their cartoony gimmicks and Jungle Boy's youth. Marko Stunt's arrival in the stable has added to it because of his unusually small size for a male wrestler (billed as 5'2", 120 pounds)
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: During Kenny Omega's Undertale entrance on the October 30th, 2019 edition of Dynamite, a silhouette of Kota Ibushi (Omega's old tag team partner in New Japan Pro-Wrestling) holding the G1 Climax trophy was shown along with a modified version of the famous Lionmark of NJPW as a continuation of the Undertale-themed cutscenes made for Omega's Wrestle Kingdom entrance.
  • Meaningful Name: The Elite in the name? It's because the wrestling part of their owning board formed a subgroup in the Bullet Club called "The Elite".
  • Mêlée à Trois: Double or Nothing 2019 had a triple threat booked between Dr. Britt Baker, Kylie Rae, Nyla Rose and Awesome Kong as a surprise entrant to make it a fatal four-way.
  • Mythology Gag: AEW's TV series on TNT being named AEW Dynamite. Just remember that the last wrestling program TNT had was also named after an explosive substance. Also, the TNT Championship belt has images of the "Turner Mansion" (the Turner campus at Techwood, a former country club converted into CNN's original home in 1980; after CNN left for the CNN Center in 1987, it became home to every other Turner network, excepting [adult swim], which is based in an "overflow" facility on Williams Street) flanking the TNT logo; the "mansion" was where the WCW's predecessor, Jim Crockett Promotions, taped their shows (as in, you could feel the vibrations in CNN's original newsroom, and the wrestlers were in the basement, as several ex-Turner employees have recounted).
  • Parent-Child Team: As well as being a backstage figure, Billy Gunn is also wrestling together with his son Austin as Gunn Club.
  • Parts Unknown:
    • Private Party hail from "A Location Where You Need an Invitation" and have a combined weight of "24 Ounces of Cranberry Vodka" (sometimes spoken as "Vodka Cranberry").
    • Orange Cassidy is from "...wherever" and weighs "...whatever".
  • Power Stable: The Inner Circle is the first prominent group in the promotion, followed by the Dark Order. There are also the Power Trios mentioned below.
  • Power Trio:
  • Precious Puppy: The AEW Puppy Battle Royale, done as a promotion for the Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, and also for a laugh.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Averted by Justin Roberts' intro for Jon Moxley at Revolution 2020. He has to correct himself before finally saying "Zero effs given."
    • After said match, Moxley got one in himself during his post-match promo, when the sound guys thought he had finished after a long pause to soak in a reaction and hit his music prematurely:
      Moxley: I'm gonna—[music hits]— 'ey, what the fuck?!
  • Reality Ensues: 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.
  • Red Herring: 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 Arn Anderson, the legendary Keiji Mutoh, and Dean Malenko, Jericho's Arch-Enemy 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. As it turned out, the match didn't even get close to 60 minutes and ended just shy of 30 minutes when MJF threw in the towel for Cody, with the judges not being required at all.
  • Running Gag:
    • 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" (which got popular enough to make it onto a shirt), and, "Not gonna pay Private Party that $12".
    • A shot of Britt Baker sitting in the audience giving shocked reactions, which is a nod to her appearance in NXT: WarGames 2019.Background 
  • Small Role, Big Impact: A random guy on Twitter doing a question to Dave Meltzer led to a bet with Cody Rhodes which also involved The Young Bucks. 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.
  • Spin-Off: AEW could be considered to be technically a clean break from Ring of Honor that ROH itself didn't see coming, as opposed to something intentionally setup like Full Impact Pro or SHIMMER. While All In was independent from any particular promotion, ROH was part of it by virtue of several of its then-contracted wrestlers taking part of it, and the resulting promotion continued to have ROH's blessing going forward, even if it meant another competitor.note 
  • Spiritual Successor: AEW is a promotion based in the American South with a Rhodes holding the book, a weekly show on TNT (named 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, 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 
  • Start My Own: After a stint in the indies, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and Ring of Honor, the Elite contingent of Bullet Club split up from both New Japan and Ring of Honor and started their own promotion.
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • The Librarian gimmick is intentionally bad. In fact, it traces its origins on Dave Meltzer saying that the one gimmick that would never get over in wrestling would be that of a librarian.
    • Revolution 2020 marked the debut of Orange Cassidy's titantron graphics...which is just his name written in black marker on a white background.
  • Tag Team: AEW has repeatedly been praised for having the single deepest and best-developed tag team scene in the entire history of the wrestling industry, and the division arguably receives even more attention than the singles wrestlers do.
    • The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)
    • Lucha Brothers (Pentagón Jr. and Fénix)
    • The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Baretta)
    • Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus)
    • Hybrid 2 (Angelico and Jack Evans)
    • Private Party (Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen)
    • The Dark Order (Evil Uno and Stu Grayson)
    • Proud N' Powerful (Santana and Ortiz)
    • FTR (Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler)
    • Natural Nightmares (Dustin Rhodes and QT Marshall)
    • The Butcher and The Blade
    • The Dark Order (Alex Reynolds and John Silver)
    • Gunn Club (Billy and Austin Gunn)
    • SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian)
    • Chris Jericho and Jake Hager
    • The Jersey Boys (Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss)
    • MJF and Wardlow
    • The Dark Order (Brodie Lee and Colt Cabana)
    • Team Taz (Brian Cage and Ricky Starks)
    • The Initiative (Brandon Cutler and Peter Avalon)
  • Take That!:
    • Over time, it became noticeable that the Librarian gimmick was basically a perfect storm of anything that can go wrong in a storyline, especially "comedy storylines" WWE is known for. First, The Elite claimed that Tony Khan forced the storyline on them (in reality he wasn't), much like how it's claimed that certain storylines only go ahead because Vince McMahon finds them amusing. Then, when one of the wrestlers performing the character, Peter Avalon, went to Creative to complain (as shown on Being the Elite), he finds a pair of Obstructive Bureaucrats who talk him into continuing it; their conversation mirrors one Jon Moxley described to have when discussing his own issues with his character's direction in WWE.
    • Dynamite has produced several instances where the wrestlers have not-so-subtly mocked WWE in their promos, such as Chris Jericho telling the audience to stop chanting "We the people" at Jake Hager because it sucked and was a stupid idea from creative, or Cody Rhodes saying that "this isn't like the other company we came from" where there was an invisible wall stopping him from reaching Jericho in the luxury box. But perhaps the most obvious one was at Double or Nothing 2019, where after Cody's entrance, a chair filled with the imagery of a certain wrestler was revealed, which Cody promptly destroyed with a sledgehammer (said wrestler's Weapon of Choice).
    • After Christopher Daniels had spent weeks questioning the existence of "The Exalted One", the supposed leader of the Dark Order, said "Exalted One" finally reveals himself as Brodie Lee (formerly known as Luke Harper in WWE, and known for being one of many wrestlers to be very underutilized while on WWE's roster), and strikes at both Daniels (who at the time had just turned 50 years old) and Vince McMahon in a single line:
      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.
    • During the build to the 2020 edition of Fight for the Fallen, Taz cut a promo on Moxley, whose title match with Taz's client Brian Cage was delayed after Moxley's wife, WWE commentator Renee Young, contracted COVID-19, forcing Moxley to quarantine at home as a precaution. Taz alleged that Moxley was simply ducking Cage because all of Mox's COVID-19 tests came back negative, and Taz pointed out Mox would still get tested upon return because "We don't run a sloppy shop!" This was a shot at WWE, who had just had a highly-publicized wave of over 30 performers and crew testing positive for COVID-19, in part because of lax protocols (reportedly, Kevin Dunn had consistently downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic to the talent, and had even told the NXT/Performance Center talent acting as audience to not wear face masks because "if you wear a mask, you're not a real fan"; masks only began to be worn after the wave of infections). While neither AEW or WWE had been enforcing standard social distancing guidelines among talent during production, AEW had been giving full COVID-19 tests to talent while WWE had simply been running temperature checks as a precaution. According to industry journalists Brian Alvarez and Dave Meltzer, WWE brass were extremely angry at this jab.
    • During 2020's All Out, one segment features Kip Sabian announcing that he will be married on a future episode of Dynamite, before plugging his Twitch channel with an on-screen message reading "This message has been approved by All Elite Wrestling". This was a shot at WWE over the ongoing story at the time that they were cracking down on talent using their wrestling names (or even their real names) to promote themselves on third-party platforms such as Twitch and Cameo.
  • Wham Episode: The March 18, 2020 episode of Dynamite reveals a debuting Brodie Lee as The Leader of the Dark Order, and closes with Matt Hardy also joining AEW.
  • Wham Shot:
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay:
    • At AEW's initial announcement, Britt Baker was introduced as "Dr. Britt Baker, DMD"...note  which is exactly what she is outside the ring. Baker graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2018, and has a dental practice in the Orlando area.
    • One of the promotion's early storylines concerned two wrestlers being given the gimmick of "The Librarian", 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.
  • Wrestling Monster: AEW has an impressive roster of monster wrestlers:
    • Jake Hager debuted at the end of the first episode of Dynamite as the enforcer for Chris Jericho's new faction, the Inner Circle, providing most of their serious muscle.
    • MJF hired the services of the hulking and brutal Wardlow as his personal bodyguard.
    • Lance Archer came into the company as the client of Jake "the Snake" Roberts and murdered everyone who got in his way, in keeping with his Catch Phrase "Everyone dies!" He has a tendency to attack random ringside crew and other personnel on his way to the ring, perhaps the most notable incident being when he gave a pop-up powerbomb to a random guy on the locker room. A locker room with a very low ceiling, resulting in the guy crashing through the roof before landing on the floor.
    • Brian Cage, "the Machine", is an almost Brock Lesnar-esque construct of solid muscle and callous brutality.
    • For the women, the intimidating Nyla Rose is the leading monster of the division, and the second Women's Champion after eventually overcoming the petite Riho who'd defeated her before. They also had Awesome Kong at the start, but she had to leave to shoot the next series of GLOW. The legendary Aja Kong has also made occasional appearances.
    • Although she's smaller than the usual "monster", Abadon is pure Nightmare Fuel incarnate, like a female version of The Fiend in her howling psychotic brutality.

Alternative Title(s): AEW


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