All Elite Wrestling, which last week celebrated its one-year anniversary, is already regarded as the No. 2 pro wrestling company in North America, if not the world. The upstart promotion really began to hit its stride in early 2020 and was building a loyal fan base – and then the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to that momentum. Suddenly, AEW was putting on their weekly “Dynamite” program (Wednesdays on TNT) without fans. What’s more, several of their top international talents found themselves unable to return to the U.S. and AEW.
But instead of folding up its tent, the company and its owner – Tony Khan, the son of Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan – adapted to the situation and found ways to still put on a quality product for entertainment-starved fans. They brought in younger, unproven talent to give them a chance to showcase their abilities in front of a global TV audience, and several wound up earning contracts with the company. Interestingly enough, AEW has now held more shows during the pandemic than pre-COVID.
Check out this music video of AEW’s ongoing “pandemic era”:
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