When AEW launched in 2019, fans were naturally intrigued by the possibilities of the new promotion.

With the names and the massive amount of money involved, it was kind of hard not to get excited.

As the owner of AEW, Tony Khan promised that his company would reach out to other promotions in an effort to bring some unity to the industry.

Of course, as cynical as the professional wrestling community can be at times, many observers of the business scoffed.

They viewed it all as just a lot of lip service and that All Elite Wrestling would conduct business as usual.

Or, that no one would want to work with the upstart promotion anyway.

After all, it was one thing to reach out, it was another thing altogether to come up with some kind of mutually beneficial relationship.