By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
The Khan family is reportedly behind a potential startup pro wrestling promotion that could involve Cody, the Young Bucks, Chris Jericho, Adam Page, Jim Ross, and others, according to SEScoops.com. Shad Khan is the owner of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham F.C. of the English Premier League. Shad’s son Tony has been talking about the project with various people in the pro wrestling industry, including agent Barry Bloom, who represents Ross, Jericho, and Bill Goldberg.
Powell’s POV: Dot Net Weekly listeners now understand why I ended a recent episode by pointing out that a number of pro wrestling personalities had suddenly developed an interest in the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tony Khan is a longtime pro wrestling fan and my understanding is that he has been heading up the discussions. It’s unclear to what extent his father Shad is involved. Shad recently withdrew his bid to purchase Wembley Stadium in England, for whatever that is worth. The SE Scoops report mentions AXS as a potential home for a television series, and a timeline for the launch of the promotion being 12-16 months out. While both items seem logical, I can neither confirm nor deny those details.
I can confirm that the project has been in the discussion stages for some time. It is hard to say at this point whether it’s just talks or if a real financial commitment has been made. At the very least, the possibility of a startup group gives Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, Cody, and Page some sense of leverage in potential contract talks with WWE now that word is out that things have not gone smoothly in at least some of their contract discussions with the New Japan Pro Wrestling office. It’s unclear where Omega stands as far as this project is concerned, though the Elite members expressed public interest in continuing to work together. I reached out to Tony Khan via direct message on September 12 for comment regarding rumors of this project and he did not respond.
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