AXS TV could be home to the biggest pro wrestling start-up venture in a generation, with big names and big money behind it. Chris Jericho, Jim Ross, and the All In group of wrestlers – Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and Adam Page – are on board with a venture funded by the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team, Shahid Khan, according to a report by Brad Davis of SEScoops.com. Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net had made prior hintson a recent Dot Net Weekly members-only podcast that “a number of pro wrestling personalities had suddenly developed an interest in the Jacksonville Jaguars.” Powell reports that Shahid Khan’s son, Tony Khan, is a long time wrestling fan who is initiating discussions and moving this possible venture forward with communications with the top names mentioned.
With recent reports of wrestlers in New Japan being disgruntled with new management, especially when it comes to giving off the impression they see key U.S.-based wrestlers as replaceable and not worth big money contracts to keep from going to WWE, this gives Cody & The Bucks and their contingent of colleagues another option.
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Meanwhile, Dave Meltzer has reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that New Japan is looking at resigning Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows when their contracts expire, believed to be in 2019 if they signed three years deals.
So major reshuffling of wrestlers could be occurring in the next several months and the potential of a formidable U.S.-based promotion to counter WWE’s market dominance and rise above the “comfort zone” ROH has been stuck in for years and the malaise that Impact Wrestling has been in financially and creatively for nearly its entire existence. A new start-up with the funding necessary to secure big names out of the gate such as Ross, Jericho, Cody, and The Bucs could also be a barrier to New Japan’s expansion aspirations within the U.S. market.
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