Tony Khan Thinks 2025 Will Be The Year AEW Goes From 'Start-Up Company' To 'Established Challenger' In Wrestling

Tony Khan believes 2025 will be a big year for All Elite Wrestling.

When AEW burst onto the scene in 2019, it was the first time WWE had a major challenger in the form of a North American wrestling promotion in almost two decades since the demise of WCW and ECW in 2001.

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AEW has changed a lot since its inception and Tony Khan believes that 2025 will be the year that the promotion truly takes the leap and becomes the established challenger in the pro wrestling space. Tony believes that AEW will hold that position for decades and says this was all part of the original plan.

Speaking on the media call before AEW Revolution 2024, Tony Khan told Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the real opportunity for the company lay in media rights negotiations.

"The biggest opportunity lies in the media rights renewal, where Dynamite, Rampage, and Collision will all be getting huge, huge increases, I can say for sure. Going into that and having that confidence, I think ’25 is going to go down as the year where AEW really took the leap from being a start-up company to being the established challenger player in pro wrestling for decades to come and establishing all of that in basically five years, that was the five-year plan," Khan said.

AEW has continued to expand its pay-per-view event schedule in the last year. Fans can read former WCW executive Eric Bischoff's thoughts on that matter here. In the 90s, Bischoff took a similar approach to the WCW pay-per-view schedule.

Fans can check out the full card for AEW Revolution at this link. Fightful will have live coverage of the event on Sunday, March 3, 2024

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