All Elite Wrestling Is A Sign That Pro Wrestling Is Valuable In North America Again

All Elite Wrestling Is A Sign That Pro Wrestling Is Valuable In North America Again

Jaguars owner Tony Khan, along with several wrestling stars, founded a new wrestling promotion that will be a thorn in the side of WWE when it comes to booking, drawing power, and overall, competition in North America again.

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For months, wrestling fans speculated that The Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes were starting their own promotion in 2019. Rumor mills stirred that they had signed with WWE, while others believed their 'timers' on their phones (via their Youtube series "Being The Elite") were to announce their second independent pay-per-view after the successful 'ALL IN' event. When New Years came around, fans exploded on social media when Cody and the Young Bucks announced their new promotion:

All Elite Wrestling.

“New Years Elite” - Being The Elite Ep. 132 www.youtube.com

Their first event will be "Double or Nothing" with a date set for sometime in 2019. Initial founders Cody, Young Bucks, Hangman Adam Page, and Cody's wife Brandi pleasantly showed off their contracts and announced their positions behind the scenes. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Tony Khan, who is worth more than WWE forefather Vince McMahon, was announced as their president and is quite possibly holding the biggest pursestring for the promotion. It was a shock to some who believed WWE managed to convince these red-hot wrestlers to sign with them, while others think that this is a sign that WWE will be #2 in the near future.

However, this is a sign that North America's pro wrestling scene will have two major companies instead of WWE.

Picture this: Monday Night Raw going head-to-head with AEW Monday Night Superkick (something catchy, I don't know) and it supercedes what was accomplished during the 1995-2001 Monday Night War. All Elite can position wrestlers with great momentum and showcase their skills that aren't a commercial for KFC or Autozone. McMahon would have to dig real deep in order to gain his followers back, especially ones that are slowly following "Being the Elite" and New Japan Pro Wrestling since Bullet Club formed in 2013. All Elite can do something better than what WCW or TNA tried to do: showcase wrestlers for their in-ring and microphone skills as well as offering more than just 'indy darlings' or themselves. AEW can become a true promotion reminiscent of the NWA or even Bischoff-era WCW where competition meant more than remaining stagnant.

Young Bucks shoot on All Elite Wrestling www.youtube.com

After all, Cody Rhodes is from a family of promotional-drifting wrestlers that also had a hand in creative teams. His father, the late "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, helped book much of Jim Crockett Promotions from 1983-1988 and 1991-2001. Cody's experience with booking, most notably ALL IN, will help him in the long run since the event sold out in minutes and the wrestlers themselves have a massive amount of fans.

An interesting thing to consider is how AEW has a deep pocket of funds with Khan as one of the figureheads.

Back in December, Cody and Brandi Rhodes were spotted at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville in one of the boxes usually occupied by Khan. More speculation was then added to the rumor mills that TIAA would be the site of "Double or Nothing" (which had a rally at TIAA on January 8th). However, with Khan being announced as the President, it just shows that Khan's pocketbook will be attached to AEW's account when it comes to paying talent, booking arenas, promoting shows, etc. Additionally, with the success of AEW's two pieces of merchandise on Pro Wrestling Tees, there is a large percentage of money already being made without any shows yet.

Money is a big factor for any wrestling promotion, and there's no sign of AEW rummaging through alleys for scraps right now.

I'm looking forward to what All Elite Wrestling will produce in their first few months of operation. "Double or Nothing" should be an even bigger event than the unforgettable "ALL IN" a few months ago. Cody's chops as a promoter will be tested, but there's much faith in this new promotion that will be in heavy competition with WWE since fans are already exploding with excitement over All Elite Wrestling.

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Professional Athletes Are Paid Too Much

Are pro-athletes really deserving of the monetary commission they receive?
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For generations, children have aspired to become professional athletes. In the 1920's children wanted to be Babe Ruth; in 2012 children wanted to be Derek Jeter. The list of pro-athletes that influence the younger generation can go on and on. Looking back on elementary school yearbooks, the most common profession for youths has (and will continue to be) a professional athlete. Whether it involves the MLB, the NFL, the NHL, or any other professional league, children tend to pick this profession out of love for the specific sport. Yet, these innocent and uninformed children seem to strike gold by choosing one of the most economically successful jobs in the world.

While professional athletes dedicate most of their life to their respected sport, the amount they are paid to simply play games is absurd. For example, the average salary for a professional football player in the NFL is $1.9 million per year. Keep in mind that that is average, without external endorsements. Therefore, some athletes make much more than that. The crowd favorite Peyton Manning averages $19 million a year. Sports other than football also have averages that are incredibly generous. In the world of golf, the popular Tiger Woods makes more than $45 million a year. These pro-athletes make millions of dollars, most of whom have not received an outstanding education. In fact, some have not even received a college diploma.

Zooming out from the glamorous and indulgent world of professional athletics, taking a look at other professions seems to be much less appealing. How is it that jobs that are vital to the success of the public receive much less commission than jobs that revolve around running to catch a ball? The average pediatrician makes $173,000 a year. The average teacher salary is $50,000 a year. This does not mean that a professional athlete is any less of a hard-working, devoted, deserving professional. This also does not mean that the athletes have not pushed themselves and worked incredibly hard throughout the years to get where they are, but it does mean that there is a line where inequity takes over. Fame and fortune are showered upon athletes. Is it truly necessary to average out millions of dollars per year when people spend massive amounts of time researching and developing new policies, cures, or other ways to improve the condition of the world? The salary and status of professional athletes seems to be a major power imbalance in the world of careers.

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The Pre-Interview Pep-Talk Everyone Needs

You can do this.

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So you've got a big interview coming up, huh? Are you nervous? I think it's good to be a little bit nervous. It shows that you care. However, you have to remember to not let the nerves get the best of you! "Interview" is just a fancy word for a conversation that allows you to sell yourself to potential employers. The entire purpose of an interview is to show potential employers that you have everything they want and more, so be confident! Nobody wants to hire someone who doesn't value themselves.

The trick to really nailing an interview is in the preparation. Make sure you do a fair amount of research on the company you're interviewing with. Find their mission statement, and compare how well it matches to your personal beliefs. Look up examples of some of the work that this company has produced, and be able to provide potential ideas you might want to pursue if you earn the position. Showing the interviewer that you have done the work to prepare for your meeting. It shows that you give a damn about getting this job and that you're committed to making a good impression.

If you've never interviewed before, it may help to do a few trials before you jump in head first. Set up a mock interview with someone who has interview experience. It may help if you're close to this person so that you don't feel discouraged if you make a mistake. Remember, practice makes perfect! Don't beat yourself up if you sound nervous or you stumble over your words a bit, that's what practice is for! If you make a mistake, take a deep breath, gather your thoughts, and move on. If you hold onto a minor word-fumble you make at the beginning and let that ruin your whole interview, you're going to be kicking yourself later.

Keep in mind that it's just a conversation. Sometimes it helps me to think of an interview as just a professional conversation with a stranger. The more relaxed and at ease you are, the better you'll interview, I swear. Since interviews are all about the employer getting to know you, it's safe to assume that most of the questions they ask will be about you and some of the work you've done or intend to do. Who do you know better than yourself?! No one. Be sure to review your resume and to be confident in the information you put on there. If you can't think of anything to say, think of your resume and your experiences, professional or not. Talk about things you're passionate about and those feelings will help make the conversation simpler.

My biggest issue when it comes to interviewing is that I get way too hung up on the small mistakes I make. Don't be me!!! Don't let yourself sweat the small stuff! You got the interview because they thought you were qualified enough based off of your application and they want a chance to get to know you. Be yourself and relax. You're going to be just fine.

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