Recap of AEW 'Double or Nothing' Rally Including Chris Jericho, Neville Signings

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2019

TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 04: Chris Jericho vs Tetsuya Naito during the IWGP INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP NO DQ MATCH Chris Jericho vs Tetsuya Naito Wrestle Kingdom 13 at Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by New Japan Pro-Wrestling/Getty Images)
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All Elite Wrestling provided fans with a taste of what's to come during a rally Tuesday outside of TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

On New Year's Day, AEW announced Cody and Brandi Rhodes, The Young Bucks and Adam Page had formally signed contracts. Beyond that, little else was known about the upstart promotion.

Few wrestlers have successfully reinvented themselves in the way Chris Jericho has over the years. Few foresaw him making the jump to New Japan Pro-Wrestling and delivering a handful of classic matches, and Y2J sprang the unexpected Tuesday when he revealed he had aligned with AEW.

AEW has already assembled a strong core of independent wrestlers, but it also needs established stars to bring in more casual fans. That's exactly what Jericho should help AEW achieve. Even at 48, he can serve as one of the faces of the promotion.

The success of the All In pay-per-view helped pave the way for AEW. Rhodes and The Young Bucks confirmed the company's first event will be Double or Nothing on May 25 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Jericho told the crowd he intends to be in Sin City for the show.

Double or Nothing may already have its main event as well. Page took the stage to say he'll be the first AEW champion, but a debuting Pac spoiled the moment. The former WWE cruiserweight champion all but issued a challenge for Page.

Pac, formerly known as Neville, was out of action for a little over a year following a protracted contract dispute with WWE. The company confirmed in August that Pac was no longer signed and thus free to wrestle elsewhere. He returned to the ring in October at a Dragon Gate show in Japan.

Since his Neville moniker was trademarked by WWE, he returned to Pac, the name he used on the independent circuits in the United Kingdom before making the jump to the United States.

AEW filled out the roster further by debuting Joey Janela and Britt Baker, the latter of whom is the first signed to the women's division.

Considering All Elite Wrestling is only in its infancy, fans shouldn't have expected earth-shattering news during Tuesday's rally. AEW laid the groundwork for the months to come, and plenty more surprises are likely in store.

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