Beginning in October 2019, AEW will have a two-hour weekly TV show airing live on TNT in the United States. CBS Sports described AEW as "the first company with major financial backing to take a swing at beginning to compete with WWE on a major level in nearly two decades"
Professional wrestlers Cody Rhodes as well as Matt and Nick Jackson, collectively known as The Elite, are the promotion's inaugural contracted talents. The three are serving as both in-ring performers and executive vice presidents alongside Kenny Omega, fellow professional wrestler and co-founder of The Elite.
After AEW Fyter Fest, AEW President Tony Khan revealed how much space is left on the roster for more talent: “We’re not actively out trying to sign people to fill out the roster. I don’t think we need depth across the roster, I think we have like a really deep, awesome roster and we have top stars, too.
So it would have to be something really, really captivating. So you know if we’re making moves in free agency, it’s because we feel really strong [about the performer]”. He continued: “Since its inception, it’s been a committee.
I think it’s like, a lot of wrestling companies probably function with one person who at the end of the end of the day has to make calls and go over everything. But with a bunch of people working together, we have a system.
We have a group of coaches that go through each match and every match as a coach, and then we have the EVPs who creatively are working together on everything. But not everyone’s necessarily working the same amount on everything."