AEW’s Tony Khan recently spoke with Steven Muehlhausen of DAZN. The conversation gave everyone an insight into how things have changed. Does Tony consider the Helmsley era a threat to the company? Are ratings a mechanism to determine how your product performed? Tony believes that ratings are the quality metric. He understands it and approves of it. His competition’s running business strategy has helped him ace his game and perform to a better potential.
Will the change in the competition bring in value?
WWE changed things after the hush money scandal took over the wrestling juggernaut. The former Chairman of the Board, Vince McMahon, retired a couple of weeks ago ahead of SmackDown. All Elite Wrestling is just three years old, so Khan looks at the opportunity of coming head-on to one of the biggest names in the field of professional wrestling as a welcome achievement. Tony additionally discussed the AEW Dynamite show Quake By The Lake, which commenced last night, where Chris Jericho fought the AEW Interim World Champion Jon Moxley for the title.
The person behind AEW told DAZN that he was excited to see two of his former champions fight for a championship. He mentioned how the two returned after healing from different injuries this year. It comes at a time when the world of professional wrestling is abuzz thereby making some superstars plan to leave AEW while some have outrightly denied any such choice.
Tony revealed how he is excited to see the title unification match when CM Punk makes his eventual return. We did see CM Punk come to the aide of Jon Moxley towards the closing moments of the show when Jericho Appreciation Society attacked Moxley following his match with Jericho.
So does this mean that 2022 has been a tough year for the newest wrestling company? Tony believes that the pandemic and the times that followed were tougher because there were no fans in the arena, and Brodie Lee was unwell. Tony has high hopes for his upcoming event and the events that follow. [h/t: WrestlingNews.Co]
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