All Elite Wrestling announced; bankrolled by Tony Khan, son of Jacksonville Jaguars and Fullham FC owner Shahid Khan

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All Elite Wrestling has hired former Senior Director of Live Event Marketing of WWE Rafael Morffi to handle the live event aspect of the company. Morffi, who was with the New York Mets before his WWE run and worked for the New York Cosmos soccer team after departing WWE, has also worked with Impact Wrestling, MLW, House of Hardcore, Brian Knobbs' Legends of Wrestling events and Jim Ross, among others, via his Signature Move Productions Company. He's been well liked and respect within the pro wrestling world for many years.

Morffi was at "Double or Nothing" last month and will be an important part of the AEW operations going forward. It's a big hire for the company.
 

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Below is an ongoing resource list featuring confirmed contract expirations, reported by respected news outlets or the talent themselves. You can also find Fightful's constantly updated injury report at this link. Both are covered weekly on the Fightful Report Podcast on Fightful Select.


WWE
Shinsuke Nakamura-
2019
Rhyno: July 17, 2019
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows - September 2019
Stephanie McMahon - October 7, 2019 (as on-screen talent)
Luke Harper - Late 2019
Matt Hardy: March 2020
Jeff Hardy: March 2020
The Revival: April 2020 (Dash Wilder had two months tacked on)
Mandy Rose: Late 2020
Rey Mysterio- October 2020 (out clause after 18 months)
Randy Orton: 2020 (ten-year deal in 2010)
Mojo Rawley- 2020
Pat McAfee: Through 2020 at least (multi-year deal)
Jerry Lawler: January 10, 2021
Ronda Rousey: April 10, 2021
Big Show: Spring 2021
Daniel Bryan: September 2021
Sami Zayn: Fall 2021 (signed three-year deal before June 2018 injury. Contract extended due to missed time for injury)
The Miz: 2022
Sin Cara: Signed through 2022
Kevin Owens: April 2023 (minimum; signed 5-year deal in 2018)
Booker T: Runs through 2029

Recent news: Mauro Ranallo re-signs


All Elite Wrestling
Chris Jericho:
Through 2021
Jim Ross: Through Spring 2022
Joey Janela: Through May 2022
Kenny Omega: 2023
Cody: January 2024
Young Bucks: January 2024

Recent changes: Jon Moxley signs, Luchasaurus signs.


NJPW/ROH
PJ Black:
Through 2019
Beer City Bruiser: Through 2019
Hiroshi Tanahashi- At least through 2019, terms not disclosed
Shane Taylor- At least through 2019, terms not disclosed
Rush: With ROH through 2019. With CMLL until end of 2020.
Bandido: Through 2019.
Flip Gordon: Through 2020
Ian Riccaboni- Minimum February 2020 (multi-year deal in 2019)
Rocky Romero: Minimum through 2020 (multi-year deal in January 2019)
Chase Owens: Minimum through 2020 (multi-year deal in January 2019)
Kota Ibushi- February 2021
Silas Young: Through 2021
Kenny King: Signed through 2021
Juice Robinson: January 2022

Other news: Jonathan Gresham working without a contract, looking to re-sign.


Impact Wrestling:
Moose:
Minimum through February 2021 (multi-year deal in February 2019)
Rosemary: February 2021
Ethan Page: February 2021
Sami Callihan: Minimum through February 2021 (multi-year deal in February 2019)
Fallah Bahh: Minimum through February 2021 (multi-year deal in February 2019)
Jake & Dave Crist: Minimum through March 2021 (multi-year deal in March 2019)
Willie Mack: Minimum through April 2021 (signed multi-year deal in May 2019)
Jordynne Grace: Through May 2021
Rich Swann: May 2021
Josh Alexander: February 2022

Recent News: Killer Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux ask for their releases

Note: Despite the fact that Impact announced February/March 2019 signings, SEScoops reported that the contracts were actually signed in October 2018


MLW:
Pentagon Jr.:
Through 2019
Rey Fenix: Through 2019
Davey Boy Smith Jr.: Minimum through 2020 (multi-year deal in January 2019)
Von Erichs: Minimum through April 2021 (multi-year deal in May 2019)

Recent News: Salina's contract extended



 

Buckle

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It is clear he wants to wrestle for NJPW, not AEW. So re-signing with RoH is the best bet until NJPW calls you full time. I would not be surprised if Bandido does the same next year.
I was starting to hope he would go to New Japan full time, not necessarily AEW, since he was doing so well there whenever he shows up.

I pray ROH is just a means to an end for him and he doesn't plan to settle down there or at Impact. He deserves better.
 
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I was starting to hope he would go to New Japan full time, not necessarily AEW, since he was doing so well there whenever he shows up.

I pray ROH is just a means to an end for him and he doesn't plan to settle down there or at Impact. He deserves better.
NJPW is really conservative and slow when it comes to signing Jr. talent. So for USA / Canada wrestlers that want to be at NJPW, sgning with RoH is the best choice. NJPW sometimes even asks RoH to hire a wrestler to "test" him. One of the reasons NJPW likes its partnership with RoH so much, they are in an advantageous position.
 

kris.

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Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy are so good together, I love it.

Also TIL Jungle Boy is Luke Perry's son?????
 

Double 0

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I was starting to hope he would go to New Japan full time, not necessarily AEW, since he was doing so well there whenever he shows up.

I pray ROH is just a means to an end for him and he doesn't plan to settle down there or at Impact. He deserves better.
It might be because he is one of the trainers there.

Either way, I agree.
 

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Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy are so good together, I love it.

Also TIL Jungle Boy is Luke Perry's son?????
Here's a nice documentary about Jungle Boy from recently:




Jericho also did a podcast recently where he interviewed Jungle Boy that was a good listen.
 

Autumn

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That should be a fun match. Although looking at this reminds me that AEW needs more heels.
I wonder if Page will turn on the Elite? They've kinda been taking him for granted. Might be worth a try if they don't want to give the title to Jericho. Also works for his battle with Moxley since he's too popular to be a heel.
 

Valentus

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Will Shinsuke and Anderson/Gallows renew? I know luke and karl would happily go to their buddies in AEW, but what about nakamura? I heard some time ago that he wants to live in USA and not coming back to Japan.
 

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Per ESPN, Cris "Cyborg" Justino's next UFC fight is the last on her contract and she intends to test the market after. She was ringside at Double Or Nothing last month and specifically said in her interview she wouldn't rule out wrestling
 

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My initial reaction to that is... I don't want it. I admit that is dismissive though, and likely a result of what WWE has done with similar talent. So we'll see. I mean, that Kurt guy did alright transitioning to pro-wrestling I suppose.
 

Buckle

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My initial reaction to that is... I don't want it. I admit that is dismissive though, and likely a result of what WWE has done with similar talent. So we'll see. I mean, that Kurt guy did alright transitioning to pro-wrestling I suppose.
Ronda (another former UFC fighter) is still abit green in a wrestling ring but shes also pretty damn good.
 

Buckle

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Micheal needs to go full Naito.

"No one likes you, Jebailey. The only promotion that did is no longer cohosting this show."
 

Crackhead_Bob

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I don't know much about Tony Khan, but to anyone in the know, what factors separate him from Ted Turner when he purchased Crockett and decided to challenge the WWF? How does AEW's talent stack up to WCW's talent led by Ric Flair? Booking, business instincts? How business savvy is Tony Kahn that separates him from a Dixie Carter or a Billy Corgan?

And for AEW to succeed in the long term, would it demand that he be as solid a prowrestling historian as well as a savvy businessman? Afterall, for all of Ted Turner's affinity to prowrestling, I don't think he knew intimately on the precise machinations of the business in general worked.

How much is Kahn going into this as a fan vs. a business person? And longevity wise, what has more solid long term prospects, AEW or the XFL reboot?
 

Violence Jack

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Shinsuke is getting paid big money to sit back and do nothing. I'm hoping he leaves since WWE does nothing with him, but I'm not so sure he wants to go back to that NJPW-style.