The Elite is a professional wrestling faction containing several key members and associated with three acts: Bullet Club (from which they spawned), Being the Elite (their webshow), and All Elite Wrestling (the wrestling promotion they founded and help run as Executive Vice Presidents).
Born in 2016 out of a creative partnership both in the ring and behind the scenes between Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks in their days in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, The Elite bills itself as being a true representation of their name: the best of the best of pro wrestling put together. And going by their meteoric rise in popularity both in Japan and in the US, they might be right.
Their origins stem from the likewise incredibly popular NJPW faction Bullet Club, when the aforementioned Kenny Omega and Young Bucks turned against faction leader AJ Styles (and likely prefaced by The Young Bucks' earlier turn against founder Prince Devitt), announced themselves as "The Elite" and usurped leadership of the Club, starting what's commonly known as "The Elite Era", during which they also recruited members Cody Rhodes, Marty Scurll and Adam Page. Thinking The Elite as spotlight thieves who were propping themselves up at the expense of the remainder of the Bullet Club, there was a civil war in Bullet Club between The Elite and the non-Elite members, where the latter proclaimed themselves the "OGs" of the Bullet Club. The result was The Elite wholly splitting off and striking out on their own in 2018.
During their time as free agents they set the indie scene ablaze, culminating in their primary role in historically massive Indie PPV event All In, one of the biggest ever non-WWE PPVs in North America. The huge success of this led to the birth of the (aptly-named) All Elite Wrestling, the greatest North American rival to WWE's hegemony since the days of the WCW, in which The Elite acts as Vice-Executives in charge alongside owner Tony Khan. During its first year, Adam Page and Kenny Omega won the AEW World Tag Team Championship, conquering the first AEW belts for The Elite, with Cody Rhodes becoming the inaugural AEW TNT Champion a few months thereafter, and Kenny Omega becoming the third AEW World Champion later that year.
Since becoming internationally known, the Elite has gone through a few different variations and incarnations as they've invited various new members and associates into their ranks. They've partnered with Kota Ibushi (Kenny Omega's partner in the famed "Golden☆Lovers" tag team) to become the "Golden☆Elite", they've teamed with their old Bullet Club stablemates Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson to become the "Super Elite", and they've teamed with Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly of The Undisputed Era to become the "The Undisputed Elite".
Barring their internal conflict keeping them from dominating the world, The Elite is..well...elite.
- Don Callis, Kenny's main stooge and Sycophantic Servant.
- Brandon Cutler, who's serving as a "young boy" and the Elite's official cameraman.
- Michael Nakazawa, Omega's old friend from Japan who is often seen associating with the Elite backstage.
- reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly), Cole's cohorts from his previous stint in NXT, where all three men formed The Undisputed Era.
- Britt Baker, Cole's girlfriend.
- Jay White, Bullet Club's newest leader who has made a surprise appearance in AEW and allied himself with the Bucks.
- Marty Scurll, the eccentric Evil Brit whose tendencies tend to be played both seriously and for comic relief. Currently on the outs with the others, as he is still contracted with Ring of Honor where he leads his own stable called Villain Enterprises. In 2020 sexual harassment allegations against Scurll came out, making his return to the Elite unlikely.
- Cody Rhodes, the ex-WWE associate with devious ambitions which initially endangered the group before becoming healthier over time. Quietly left the group in early 2020 to focus on his own stable, The Nightmare Family.
- Adam Page, the young Virginia upstart being groomed for major success, though he too is not without his issues. Was kicked out of the group in 2020 due his allegiance with FTR.
- Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Omega's old cohorts who joined him after his trip to Impact Wrestling. Quietly left the group in October 2021, after AEW ended its partnership with Impact.
- Adam Cole, who was formerly kicked out from Bullet Club by Kenny and the Bucks and seemingly "killed" only to come back to AEW. Left the group in August 2022 after betraying the Young Bucks.
- Bullet Club, a larger stable within New Japan Pro-Wrestling which they were leading members of for the first three years of their existence as a group.
- Being the Elite, a YouTube video series launched by Elite members The Young Bucks chronicling an exaggerated version of their real-life and in-ring stories, including branching out as their own stable.
- All Elite Wrestling, a US-based promotion officially announced and launched in 2019, with most of the members of The Elite as key performers and/or executives.
"The! Tropes! The The Tropes!":
- Big Good: Framed as the main heroic faction of All Elite Wrestling of course, so whoever is "in charge" of The Elite at the moment tends to be framed as such.
- Big Bad: Unfortunately by April 2021, they turned heel and have been dominating both singles and tag team division for most of the year with an iron fist.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Even when they do not need to, the Elite will still use underhanded tactics to win their match. At All Out 2021 for example, the Young Bucks order Brandon Cutler to throw in a shoe rigged with thumbtacks in the middle of the match despite having the upper hand against the Lucha Brothers.
- Dream Team: So-named because they are "The Elite" of professional wrestling, with their founding (and constant) members being Kenny Omega (widely viewed as one of the best wrestlers of the world since the 2010s, sometimes as the best) and The Young Bucks (widely viewed as one of the best tag teams of world since the new 2010s, sometimes the best). With the addition of Adam Cole and The Undisputed Era to their ranks, the Elite has become an even more formidable force.
- FaceHeel Turn: After Omega won the AEW World Championship at the end of 2020, all members subsequently turn heel by 2021.
- Foil: The Inner Circle evidently parallels The Elite. The Inner Circle are ruthless cheaters but very closely-knit while The Elite is a team of dashing aces of wrestling who keep bickering among themselves.
- Inverted in 2021, as both teams have switched to the other side of the heel/face spectrum.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: They technically split off from Bullet Club to form their own deal (and indeed, to fight Bullet Club itself).
- Rhymes on a Dime: Their motto, per the page quote.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: They aren't always the most harmonious bunch and often bicker with one another.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating: As heels, whenever one of them wins a title, they celebrate by ganging up on their defeated foe.
- We ARE Struggling Together: The only thing that keeps The Elite from ruling supreme is their fallibility to internal bickering and conflict. Despite being the cream of the crop of wrestling, their egos tend to get in the way.
- Wild Card: They've been Faces, Heels and everything in-between. Sometimes they have Heel members and Face members in the same faction.