When Tony Khan and his Executive Vice Presidents manifested their dream promotion, it was met with the open arms of a fan base desperate for an American alternative to the ‘land of entertainers.’
A burgeoning wrestling promotion’s success can oftentimes be inflated by first-time ratings spikes or novel interest, but this was not the case for Vince McMahon’s fiercest opponent yet.
All Elite Wrestling boasts a laundry-list of strengths including the strongest tag-team division of the 21st century, the comprehensive yet interweaving long-term booking of storylines and the consideration and adaptation of direction based on the reception from fans.
Despite the company's continued success, there is always room for improvement; AEW is posed with a unique opportunity to redefine the role of a wrestling promotion in their relationship with their independent contractors.
With 2 October marking the one-year anniversary of AEW’s premiere of Dynamite on TNT and the 'Wednesday Night Wars' heating up in the counter-booking department, what steps can the people of this promotion take to ensure continued success and growth in year two?
Will Tony Khan and the rest of AEW be able to finally cement their legacy apart from competitors of old?