All Elite Wrestling
All Elite Wrestling, LLC, doing business as All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded in 2019. Its inception was announced by Shahid Khan and his son Tony, the owners of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars football team, with the former acting as the promotion's lead investor, and the latter being the founder, president and CEO of the company. Professional wrestlers Cody Rhodes, Matt and Nick Jackson, and Adam Page, collectively known as The Elite, were the promotion's inaugural contracted talents. Additionally, Rhodes and the Jacksons serve as both in-ring performers and executive vice presidents alongside Kenny Omega, fellow professional wrestler and co-founder of The Elite. AEW is the second largest professional wrestling promotion in the U.S. and in the world behind WWE.
Similar to other professional wrestling promotions, all of AEW's programming are not legitimate contests but entertainment-based performance theater, featuring storyline-based, scripted, and partially-choreographed matches; however, matches often include moves that can put performers at risk of injury, even death, if not performed correctly. This was publicly acknowledged by Vince McMahon, the owner of Titan Sports, then-parent company of the World Wrestling Federation in 1989 in order to avoid taxes from athletic commissions across the country.
Since October 2, 2019, AEW has produced a two-hour weekly television show, AEW Dynamite, airing live on TNT in the United States. CBS Sports described AEW as "the first company with major financial backing to take a swing at beginning to compete with WWE on a major level in nearly two decades". It also airs another weekly program, AEW Rampage on TNT since August 10, 2021 along with two other shows: AEW Dark and AEW Dark: Elevation.