'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.


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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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.

I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Till's Return: The Gorilla Is Back

Liverpool's Darren Till Is Ready To Take Out Everyone


The #3 ranked fighter in the welterweight division former title challenger Darren Till has recently expressed that he is ready to get into the octagon multiple times this year as he aims to get that top spot in the division. He has said since UFC 228 with the bout between himself and the current UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley he has essentially reassessed the situation. He is ready to capitalize on the lessons he has learned while showing why he is still the biggest challenger in the 170-pound division.

He has called out all names but he has not hesitated to express his interest in getting that rematch with the champion "The Chosen One" Tyron Woodley because he knows and is confident he has the skill to defeat Tyron. The Gorilla is definitely ready to be the Main Event on the London card in March but there is no clear set opponent yet.

Rumors began to spread in the mix martial arts world that Darren Till would be facing Colby Covington but it was not set in stone. Darren would have much more to win if he took on Colby and dismantled him. He would resolidify himself as the #1 Title challenger as Colby would have a lot more to lose. Colby Covington does not seem to be on the best of terms with the UFC as is so it seems like this would be the most appropriate fight to make since Kamaru Usman vs Tyron Woodley was booked for UFC 235 for the belt.

Darren Till is absolutely ready to get back into action but many would like to see him step into the Middleweight division and show what he can do. He does not want any rest and wants to fight 3 times or more in 2019 as it looks to be a promising year. The Gorilla recently received a call out for the London card by #9 ranked welterweight Jorge Masvidal as they both share the same amount of interest in the past but the fight was never booked.

Another huge fight he has interest in is with the "Style Bender" from the middleweight division, top prospect Israel Adesanya which would be absolute madness and would be a huge sell for the business. But in the meantime, he does believe he will stay at welterweight even though the division is in a very weird place right now. He expressed his dislike for Colby but knows the game Colby Covington is trying to play. A fight between Darren Till and the (Former?) Interim Title holder Colby Covington would definitely put a clear understanding to who the next title challenger could be in the division for Tyron Woodley.

The 26-year-old has 17 wins and 1 loss with 1 draw in his mix martial arts career. The last time we saw the #3 ranked "Gorilla" Darren Till was when he took on Tyron Woodley who become the first person to finish and stop Darren giving him his first loss at UFC 228. It is very exciting to see Darren so hungry and eager to get back in the cage. Hopefully, it will be in the Main Event in London.

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