FULHAM and Jacksonville Jaguars proprietor Shahid Khan goes head-to-head with WWE’s Vince McMahon.
The Pakistani-American billionaire, who failed in a bid to purchase Wembley Stadium final yr, has confirmed he’s the lead investor within the newly-formed All Elite Wrestling.
EX-WWE star Cody Rhodes will function Government Vice Producer of AEW and tag-team duo The Younger Bucks introduced final week they have been additionally working for the corporate after leaving Ring of Honor and New Japan Professional Wrestling.
The trio efficiently organised, funded and produced the epic All In unbiased pay-per-view in September.
Now they’re setting out in attempting to problem WWE after Khan confirmed he could be backing the outfit, which can be run by his son Tony Khan.
In an announcement despatched to WrestleZone, he mentioned: “I’m the lead investor, a supporter and a backer of All Elite Wrestling, and I anticipate nice issues at the moment and into the longer term for AEW and everybody who has labored passionately on this week’s launch.
“I do know AEW can be welcomed by wrestling followers right here within the US and all through the world who’re prepared for one thing new and genuine. AEW will work onerous to ship on that promise.
“As essential, I’m the daddy – the proud father – of Tony Khan, who will serve in a management position at AEW in the course of the 2019 launch and within the years forward.”
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And in what can be worrying information for the McMahon’s, Khan vowed to deliver the world’s greatest wrestling expertise to AEW.
He added: “Tony will assemble an excellent workforce to take AEW excessive, for the good thing about everybody who loves the wrestling business, whereas persevering with to serve in his present capacities with the Jaguars and Fulham.
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“AEW will operate as an organisation completely independently from my other interests. It will not deter attention or divert resources from any of my businesses, teams, projects or investments.
“At the same time, AEW will enjoy the same full commitment I given to everything and everyone in my life – my family and friends, my business and, in recent years, to sports, hospitality and now entertainment.”
Tony Khan added: “AEW will launch with a roster of the top wrestlers in the world. While they’ll clash in what will be some of the most intense and fast-paced contests ever sanctioned in the squared circle, they’ll also share a common goal: to make this the true golden age, to make this the greatest time ever to be a wrestling fan.
“Likewise, as a business, by treating our wrestlers with respect and warmth, we also seek to make this the golden age for the performers themselves.
“I urge everyone who believes in what we’re doing, or wants to believe in dreams coming true, to support AEW by spreading the word and passing the wrestling bug onto someone else. My message: Get in on the ground floor with AEW today and help lead our movement to grow the wrestling community and ensure that the voices of the wrestling fans, their creative minds and their remarkable ideas, will always be heard.”
The move comes with McMahon attempting to rival Khan in the American football world by reviving his own XFL promotion next year.
The XFL ran for one year in 2001 which McMahon conceded was a “colossal failure”, but will return in 2020 with eight teams.
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