Tony Khan is in a celebratory mood.
On January 1st, 2019, All Elite Wrestling was officially brought into the world. The following day, The Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes were announced as the promotion’s first signings, agreeing deals to appear as on-screen talents and work backstage as Executive Vice Presidents.
In the weeks that followed the likes of Kenny Omega, Hangman Adam Page, PAC, and Chris Jericho were added to the roster. In the case of Omega, he also became an EVP.
That May, AEW held its first-ever pay-per-view Double or Nothing in Las Vegas, followed by specials Fyter Fest, and Fight For The Fallen, and eventually a second PPV on August 31st, All Out. AEW Dynamite followed in October and was eventually joined by Rampage and more recently Collision.
Posting on social media, company President Tony Khan paid tribute to everyone who had helped along the way.
Happy New Year 2024! 5 years ago today, we launched @AEW1/1/19! 2023 marked new highs, our biggest PPV year ever, world record 81,035 tickets sold #AEWAllIn London, debuted #AEWCollision + ended the year with a streak of big tv ratings! Thank you all who made this all possible
Tony Khan Nearing Deal With Mercedes Mone
After months of speculation, Tony Khan appears to be on the verge of signing Mercedes Mone. The star has been linked with a move ever since she left WWE in May 2022, and a deal appeared to be a slam dunk when Mone was shown in the crowd at All In.
However, the story went cold and it was recently reported that Mone was in talks with WWE over a stunning return, with the former Sasha Banks looking to become one of the highest-paid female performers in history. In a fresh twist, negotiations are believed to have broken down, putting AEW back in pole position to secure her signature.
It’s been claimed that Mercedes Mone could debut with AEW as early as January 3rd.