In Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday, All Elite Wrestling held an official “rally” to promote the debut event for the promotion, “Double or Nothing.” At the event, the official details for the first event were unveiled, with the first show set to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 25, 2019. A second event was also announced for Jacksonville, but no date or venue was put out. It was announced that profits from that event would go towards victims of gun violence.
Along with the event reveal was a showing of the talent that is coming to the promotion. The biggest name at the event was Chris Jericho, who closed the press conference. Other names announced were Joey Janela, MJF, Adam Page, Britt Baker, So Cal Uncensored and PAC (formerly Neville). The already announced Young Bucks, Cody and Brandi Rhodes also made appearances at the event. When Cody was on-stage he emphasized that the promotion will be paying all of their talents a good amount. Brandi Rhodes, later on, echoed that statement, saying that the women’s wrestlers will be paid equally.
The first real angle shot for the promotion was PAC and Adam Page both wanting to be the first AEW Champion. PAC appeared at the event in ring attire and carrying his Dragon Gate Open The Dream Gate Championship.
During the show, it was also unveiled that All Elite Wrestling will work with Oriental Wrestling Entertainment, a Chinese based wrestling promotion.
The backers of the soon to debut promotion, Sahid Khan and Tony Khan, were both present at the event. The event was held outside the TIAA Bank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, which both Sahid and Tony own.
With the promotion’s first event finally having a time and place, the promotion will be launching soon.