Tony Khan Says He Started Working On AEW In April 2018

AEW starts on TNT this Wednesday, but the wheels have been in motion for much longer.

Their first pay-per-view was in May, the company was launched in January. The precursor show, All In, took place last September. However, it was months before that the company was formed in the mind of Tony Khan.

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Fightful contributor and Wrestlenomics' Brandon Howard Thurston noted on Twitter Monday that the company was already well underway by the time All In aired. AEW Founder Tony Khan would expand on that, as the two discussed a Wall Street Journal article.

So there you have it. The concept of All Elite Wrestling wasn't a hastily prepared response to the success of All In as many have suggested, but was in the works for nearly five months ahead. They'll have their first cable effort this Wednesday night on TNT. 

Fightful will have weekly coverage of AEW Dynamite every Wednesday, including a post-show podcast. 

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