The owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars is overjoyed at the success of AEW.
Shad Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fulham F.C. and the lead investor in AEW, told Yahoo Finance that he wasn’t sold on his son’s idea of starting his own wrestling promotion at first.
“It was my son’s idea. This is one of the times as a father you don’t mind being wrong. I didn’t think it really had much of a chance but the business case he had was quite compelling,” he said of his son Tony Khan, the founder and president of the All Elite Wrestling.
Part of what made Shad a believer were AEW’s pay-per-view numbers.
“It really launched with pay-per-views early in the year and did very, very well. Some of them were historically high,” he said.
Shad is ranked 61st in the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans.
In its debut last week, AEW Dynamite finished second in the U.S. Wednesday cable ratings with 1,409,000 viewers and a 0.7 in the all-important 18-49 key demographic.