All Elite Wrestling aims to change the world of professional wrestling and is starting with equal pay among its talent
Brandi Rhodes announced All Elite Wrestling’s women will receive equal pay at the Double or Nothing rally held earlier this evening in Jacksonville.
In case you’ve been away from the wrestling news cycle, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is the new professional wrestling promotion spearheaded by former New Japan Pro Wrestling stars Cody Rhodes and Matt and Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks, all three of whom are executive vice presidents of the promotion.
Several huge announcements were made during The Double or Nothing rally such as the signing of former WWE Superstars PAC and Chris Jericho along with their first female signee, Britt Baker as part of AEW’s women’s division. But the biggest news to come out of the announcements was the fact that AEW’s women are to receive equal pay.
“We care about our women, they are top talent, so, they will be paid equally, there’s no sliding scale,” announced Brandi Rhodes, Chief Brand Officer of AEW.
This news was greeted by a roar of “yes” chants from the crowd.
Equal pay for woman has been a topic talked about all over the world concerning a wide variety of industries. From the business industry to the film industry, and even within professional wrestling itself in promotions as popular as WWE.
However, AEW aims to change the world of professional wrestling, and this is a huge way to do it, by having the confidence that women can draw just as well as the men.
“Compared to sports stars and professional entertainers of comparable influence, pro wrestlers are always the least paid,” stated Cody, “at All Elite Wrestling, we’re going to change that. We’re going to change the wrestling economy because you can offer somebody opportunity but opportunity doesn’t pay the bills, money does and happy wrestlers means happy fans and fans come first.”
Not only that, but AEW also vows to be a promotion of inclusiveness: “All Elite, a promotion, a company that welcomes all gifted talent. We don’t care about race or gender or sex or religion. If you’re an elite athlete we want you. Our doors are open to all,” stated Matt Jackson.