AEW is interested in joining WWE

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WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon speaks at a press conference announcing the WWE Network at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas.

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All Elite Wrestling, a professional wrestling league owned by the Khan family, is interested in joining World Wrestling Entertainmentaccording to people familiar with the matter.

The Khans, who also own the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars and the Premier League’s Fulham FC, could partner with a strategic media company to share their intellectual property as they tie up in the wrestling leagues, said the people, who asked not to be named because of the negotiations. is private. AEW has a TV vehicle rights deal with Warner Bros. foundand TNT and TBS.

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It is a good idea that Vince McMahon, the controlling shareholder of WWE, would merge his company with the much smaller AEW. AEW has not been talking to McMahon or Nick Khan, the company’s chief executive, the source said. McMahon may see selling to the Khans as a starter.

The Khans are willing to discuss a possible role for McMahon, 77, after a sale but have not yet had those discussions, one of the people said. It’s unclear what kind of job McMahon would want with WWE after a sale, but WWE is a much bigger and more established organization than AEW. McMahon, who was worth more than $3 billion as of July, is also known as the main creative force behind WWE’s storylines.

Sports tycoon Shahid Khan, 72, is ranked 292 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index with a net worth of $7.56 billion. He also owns auto parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate.

Shahid Khan, the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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