'All Elite Wrestling' Could Be The Company The Wrestling Industry Needs Right Now

'All Elite Wrestling' Could Be The Company The Wrestling Industry Needs Right Now

A group of wrestlers and a billionaire have come together to create a wrestling company.

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We are currently in the first month of 2019, and already there's big news in the wrestling industry: a new company has been formed. This new company will be known as All Elite Wrestling and it is being supported financially by Tony Khan, son of Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

The others involved so far are Cody Rhodes, wrestler and son of wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes; Matt and Nick Jackson, who are a tag team known as the Young Bucks; and wrestler Adam Page. This foursome calls themselves "The Elite," hence the name of the company. It has also been announced that Brandi Rhodes, wife of Cody Rhodes, has been appointed as the Chief Brand Officer of AEW.

As far as I know, there has never been a black woman in an executive position like this in the history of wrestling, so this would make Brandi the first to do so. The company doesn't even have a full roster or television deal yet and they are already making history.

The idea for this company has been in the works ever since "The Elite," with assistance from independent wrestling company Ring of Honor, put on the biggest independent wrestling show in history known as "All In" back in September 2018. The event sold out with a record-breaking 11,263 people in attendance. Apparently, the success of this show has gained AEW some interest from television networks. Perhaps they will announce a television deal at their next event, "Double or Nothing."

"The Elite" changed wrestling by putting on the biggest independent show in history, and now they plan to do the same with AEW.

One of their objectives is to embrace diversity. Usually, diversity seems to be brushed off as pandering and unnecessary, but in the context of wrestling, diversity of wrestlers is needed. The WWE is what most people think of when they think of wrestling, and they don't have the best track record when it comes to issues of race, sexual orientation, and gender. For every time they've said the phrase "Women's Revolution" or that they are a family company, there have been bra and panties matches, white people calling people the n-word, or just straight up blackface.

AEW seems like they want to avoid things like this. Matt Jackson stated at a press conference, "All Elite...[is] a company that welcomes all gifted talent. We don't care about race or gender or sex or religion. If you're an elite athlete we want you. Our doors are open to all." They also plan on offering equal pay for women.

Another objective of AEW is to offer healthcare and full-time employment to all employees. This right here is the most revolutionary announcement I've heard from this company. WWE classifies its wrestlers as independent contractors, meaning the wrestlers themselves receive no benefits, pensions or insurance. This means WWE wrestlers end up paying for their own travel and lodging, and even their own ring gear. Just the idea of being offered health insurance itself may convince wrestlers to sign with AEW. There has been no word from AEW on unionizing among wrestlers, but with the promises they're making, they might not be necessary.

From what has been officially confirmed, this sounds like a company with the potential to become a decent alternative to WWE. The only issue is: will they be able to get a good television deal and a good roster to go along with it? Only time will tell.

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A Thank You Letter To The Best Teammate I've Ever Had

There's no "I" in team.
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We all have those amazing memories when it comes to sports. Sometimes it is from winning tough games, but most of the amazing memories that we have come from the teammates that we shared those wins with. Teammates are the people who you spend so much time with that you eventually become a family. Teammates do more than help just win a game; they can be there through everything. There's always that one teammate that stands out from the rest, and this letter is for you.

Thank you for being selfless.

Looking back, I remember a lot of teammates. Some were great and some were not that great. I've had teammates who have only cared about their playing time. I've had teammates that have only cared about if they score more goals or more points than anyone else. You did not care about that. If the coach told you to play a position that you did not want to play, you still played it without a complaint. If I was tired at a certain position and wanted to switch you, you did it. You never complained about where you were playing or how many goals you had; you just wanted the team to win.

Thank you for having my back.

The best kinds of teammates are the ones that support you no matter what you do. I got a red card? That referee is stupid. I got into a fist fight during a game? You were the first one next to me swinging. Some girl makes fun of me on social media for messing up in a game? You were roasting her in her mentions. Even if I was right or wrong, you always supported me no matter what I did.

Thank you for seeing me at my worst and building me back up.

There are always times in an athlete's life where we run to the point to where we need to throw up. There are times where we go through games and miss too many shots. There are times where we get a little too mad at our coaches and feel as if we cannot deal with it anymore. You were the one that got me through it. When I was in the middle of a run and my lungs were burning, you stayed right next to me and reminded me that there wasn't much longer to go, even if there was. You always reminded me how capable I was by yelling at me and telling me to go score. You've seen me tired, sweaty, crying, screaming and throwing up. After all that, you still went out of your way to build me back up and I cannot thank you enough for that.

Thank you for making me love the game.

Without people like you, I would have had a very rough ride through my sports career. I have had teammates that have made me go home crying because they were so mean and rude. I have had teammates who have only cared about themselves. Without you, I would've forgotten what a good teammate is. Looking back, all I remember is the celebrations, the screaming random songs in cars and us hating each other's exes automatically... Then talking about all these things at practice. Thanks for being a leader with me. Without you and the rest of the team, I would not have loved the sport that I played.

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UFC 241: Showtime For Nate Diaz

The Long-Awaited Grudge Match Has Been Made

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Former UFC Lightweight Champion and Former WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony "Showtime" Pettis gets himself an opponent he has been waiting for since he was sitting at the throne in the UFC's Lightweight division. Coming off of a knockout of the year candidate after he knocked out top welterweight contender Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson with a flying superman hook is booked in a fight that could very well be the fight of the year. It was announced that the returning Nate Diaz will meet Anthony "Showtime" Pettis in the Co-Main Event slot at UFC 241 in the welterweight division.

The long-awaited return of Nate Diaz is finally here after he was originally supposed to make his octagon return back at UFC 230 when he was expected to face the now interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier, but that fell through after Dustin suffered a hip injury. After that, there was no news of any kind of return aside from Dana White saying the Diaz Brothers turn down fights.

On Ariel Helwani's mix martial arts show he had Anthony "Showtime" Pettis as a guest as Anthony really broke down how much he is looking forward to this fight. He also detailed how he will already be heading into fight camp even though the fight is on August 17th because that is how much he wants to knock out Nate Diaz. There always have been some kind of dispute between these 2 fighters so it will be interesting to see what would be said at the press conference if the UFC decides to hold on for UFC 241.

Since entering the UFC Anthony "Showtime" Pettis has stacked up 8 fight bonuses with the amazing performances he continues to put on. The former UFC Lightweight champion also has 9 wins in the organization with wins over huge names like Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, Charles Oliveria, Jeremy Stephens, and now since entering the welterweight division former title challenger Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson. Anthony "Showtime" Pettis is looking to become a serious title contender in the UFC 170 pound division as he will meet the huge obstacle that is Stockton, California's own Nate Diaz.

Many were unclear and speculated if Nate Diaz was going to return. Including, who his potential opponent would be. Everyone was under the assumption that the only way that Nate Diaz would make his return to the octagon would be that 3rd fight with "The Notorious" Conor Mcgregor. Nate Diaz who become the first person to finish Conor Mcgregor in the UFC is also coming off of a loss to Conor Mcgregor in their rematch leaving both of them with 1 win and 1 loss against one another. It was even shocking when the UFC announced last year that Nate was gonna return against Dustin in the lightweight division.

At UFC 241 Nate Diaz will be returning to the welterweight division is a bout that will be huge as the main event is the rematch between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and the current UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel "D.C." Cormier in a rematch that has been way too far overdue.

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