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Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Launches Wrestling Venture With Jacksonville Rally

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Logo of the new All Elite Wrestling venture.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan and his son, Tony, are launching a new professional wrestling organization called All Elite Wrestling.

The new venture already has more than 87,000 followers on Twitter.

Called “Double Or Nothing,” a 5 p.m. rally in Lot J at the sports complex is expected to provide a glimpse of the AEW’s launch roster.

“I am the lead investor, a supporter and a backer of All Elite Wrestling, and I anticipate great things today and into the future for AEW and everyone who has worked passionately on this week’s launch,” said Khan in a statement released to a variety of sporting outlets, including SEScoups.com.

Khan goes on to say that his son, Tony, will “serve in a leadership role at AEW during the 2019 launch and in the years ahead."

Tony Khan also serves as the senior vice president of football administration and technology for the Jaguars.

Shad Khan said AEW will be operated independently of his other business interests, which include the Jaguars, Flex-N-Gate and the Premier League’s Fulham Football Club in England.

“AEW does not mean any less of a continued commitment to existing obligations and duties that I have, or my family has, to our business and sports interests. That will never be the case,” Khan said in the statement.

What the venture might mean for Jacksonville is unclear at this point but the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena has hosted successful WWE wrestling events, including one set for Tuesday night.

A WWE Smackdown Live is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at the Arena.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.