In late 2018, Tony Khan, who is a life-long avid fan of professional wrestling, filed for several trademarks for a new venture that was shortly thereafter confirmed to be a new professional wrestling promotion, All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
The company then was officially announced on January 1, 2019, along with its very first event, Double or Nothing, which took place on May 25, 2019 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tony Khan serves as the lead executive figure for the newly founded wrestling promotion drawing from his experience in management as a business executive of sports franchises.
During a recent interview with Wrestling Inc, AEW President commented on the reaction to the Lights Out match: “I expected it and that’s why we put it on PPV. We would never do anything like this on TV. Our friends at TNT know what we’re trying to do in putting hardcore matches in the main events of PPVs.
There’s gonna be two wrestlers that wanna settle it so we’re not gonna sanction it. We’re gonna turn the lights off and turn a blind eye to it and not be liable for what occurs in the ring. I think it’s a very logical thing and I’m not surprised that people are shocked.
I think most people did love it. It got a huge amount of interest and it did exactly what we wanted it to do which was start a conversation. To me, I absolutely loved it”.