Since its inception in 2019, All Elite Wrestling has been strictly a televised wrestling promotion. Tony Khan’s company hosts all of its events for both live audiences and home viewers, broadcasting AEW dynamite and AEW rampage on TBS and TNT respectively, while also holding its quarterly pay-per-views on B/R Live. AEW has also ventured to Universal Studios in Florida to shoot episodes from AEW dark and AEW dark: height for his YouTube channel. With the exception of the one-off AEW House always wins live event, every show AEW has produced is available to the general public.
That will change in 2023. In conversation with In the areaAEW President Tony Khan revealed that AEW is actively reviewing live events, noting that there is strong interest from both the fans and roster to produce more audience-exclusive shows.
“That’s what we’re talking about,” Khan said. “We have a great live events team. It’s something we’ve been talking about a lot and building the live events business. There’s definitely a lot of demand for live events from AEW, and now we have a great strong roster that wants to do these live events, so it’s something that we’re going to do.”
Khan added that AEW already has the backstage infrastructure to do live events, with one new addition being an integral part of that process.
“We have a great live event team with Rafael Morffi, Chris Harrington and a bunch of great people I work with,” Khan continued. “Now, Jeff Jarrettha has come in.”
Jarrett, a WWE Hall of Famer and longtime wrestling promoter, inked with AEW last November. While he has been an active competitor on television, behind the scenes Double J serves as AEW Director of Business Development. On his hiring announcement, Khan stated that he looked forward “to expanding the AEW live events calendar in 2023”.
The above AEW House always wins is the only live event the fledgling promotion has produced to date. That show went down in April 2021 and had top stars like MJF, Kenny Omega, Jade Cargill, Darby Allin, and Cody Rhodes all wrestling. One of the more notable names on AEW House always wins was Konosuke Takeshita, as the event was actually home to his AEW debut. Takeshita has since been signed to AEW, where he recently wrestled Bryan Danielson AEW dynamite.