top of page

All Elite Wrestling preparing for debut of live events in Canada

It’s not a matter of if All Elite Wrestling is coming to Canada, it’s a question of when.

President and co-owner Tony Khan said on Tuesday that he’s eager to start promoting live events outside of the United States and that Canada is a natural place to start. The professional wrestling company intended to have shows in Canada back in 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic derailed those plans.

“We’re all back on the road this past year and we’ve been all over America, but I do look forward to bringing an AEW live events to Canada soon,” said Khan. “I think we have a chance to really build a strong presence, not only what we’ve established on television with TSN, but also with live events for the fans.”

Khan said that Toronto was a logical place for the first AEW show in Canada, given the city’s size and deep roots with professional wrestling. AEW has several wrestlers from the Greater Toronto Area under contract, including Christian Cage, RJ City, The Bunny, Ethan Page, and “The Chairman” Shawn Spears.

There are at least three other Canadian cities Khan is considering for live events: Winnipeg, the home of former AEW world champions Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega; the promoter also organizes the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, making Calgary a natural choice; and Vancouver, where tag-team specialist Kyle O’Reilly is billed from.

“We have a lot of great Canadian wrestlers and I’m excited about the possibility of our live events here because we’ve had great success on TV here,” said Khan, who was an invited speaker at Collision, a tech conference in downtown Toronto that runs until Thursday.

Khan acknowledged that Canada, with its plethora of hockey arenas, is well suited to hosting pro wrestling events. Choosing those specific venues would come down to a handful of key factors.

“Most important thing is quality of the arena for the fans and the wrestlers and the staff, and then followed by the size for the opportunity to create revenue,” said Khan, adding that the logistics of shooting live television would also affect his decision.

(Courtesy of Toronto

369 views1 comment

1 Comment

Jun 23, 2022

Very intersting

bottom of page