Plans for All Elite Wrestling started to come into focus at a rally in Jacksonville, Florida last Tuesday.
A surprise appearance by Chris Jericho closed the event, with Jericho instantly becoming the highest profile signing AEW has made in its brief history.
"I'm Chris Jericho, and I am all in with All Elite Wrestling," Jericho said to begin his speech. "Surprise -- I think we just took things to a different level, didn't we?" Jericho said he's not here with AEW for the money -- he's here because he believes in doing something new and different. Jericho announced that he'll be at AEW's first show, Double or Nothing, and hyped up the promotion by calling it the real deal and saying they're not there just to change the world -- they're going to change the whole universe.
While Jericho appearing was kept secret until his music hit, him being part of AEW wasn't a total shock.