All Elite Wrestling Won’t Do WrestleMania Week Shows, According To Cody Rhodes


All Elite Wrestling‘s first show, Double or Nothing, is approaching in about two months and the company has been slowly announcing what they’re going to do after that. On March 22, they announced that the second AEW show, the one that was previously announced will benefit victims of gun violence, will take place on July 13, 2019 in Jacksonville and be called Fight For The Fallen. The following day during a panel at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks said a sequel to All In will take place in Chicago at some point.

Earlier today, the AEW official Twitter account also announced a show in collaboration with the CEO fighting game convention in Daytona, Florida, on June 29. This is, in some ways, a sequel to last summer’s twitch-streamed CEOxNJPW show that was very much brought about by Omega’s relationship with CEO. On today’s episode of Being The Elite, the company announced that this show will feature a rematch between Michael Nakazawa, formerly of DDT, and event organizer Alex Jebailey, who is not a working wrestler.

In response to a fan tweeting at him today, Cody also made a claim about something AEW will never do: Run a show during WrestleMania weekend. He first tweeted, “We won’t be doing Mania’ weekend ever friend. That belongs to WWE.” He later responded to another Twitter user saying that it also belongs to “every other promotion that runs a show that weekend” by saying, “Not if WWE drew the house. It doesn’t mean shows won’t be outstanding or a myriad of events won’t have great matches/stars on them.”

If the report by PWInsider‘s Mike Johnson is to be believed (transcript from Ringside News), WrestleMania week might take a hit next year anyway, with WWE “already on the move to block WrestleCon and independent wrestling events from running major buildings that are state-owned and that are major chains that they’ve got agreements to keep WWE exclusive this weekend.”