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All Elite confirms their next signing

All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has launched a new YouTube series, The Road To Double or Nothing. You can watch episode 1 above.

Just as Cody Rhodes & The Young Bucks did with their groundbreaking ALL IN show last August, the new videos will build to AEW’s launch pay-per-view in Las Vegas on May 25. The first ep is built around an interview with Cody and leans heavily on footage from the Jacksonville rally held shortly after the company was announced. Rhodes teases the card for Double or Nothing by saying he doesn’t know who his opponent will be. Some matches could be revealed at the “Ticket Announcement Party” promoted at the end of the clip. That will take place on Feb. 7 at MGM Grand and, as the rally was, be live streamed.

The biggest news from the video is AEW’s latest signing, and the first from outside the regular or “regular guest star” cast of Being The Elite...

“Jungle Boy” Nate Coy is a 21 year old who’s been wrestling on the Southern California independent scene for the last four years, and really begun breaking out in the last year or so working for companies like Joey Ryan’s Bar Wrestling, the NWA-affiliated Championship Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. He’s also the son of actor Luke Perry of Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale fame.

It’s a good if not exactly surprising get for the new company. But it’s also not one which will deflect criticism that AEW will be a “glorified indie”, and again raises questions about how they’ll help young wrestlers take things to the next level (which will hopefully include working on television) without a formal training mechanism.

As Cody says in the video, though, the market for talent is “cutthroat”. Getting somebody who’s starting to generate buzz early in their career is no small feat. Even if he looks like a third Jackson brother.

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