According to an article by WrestlingInc, Tony Khan made some surprisingly brash statements about the WWE Performance Center while addressing fans after Night 2 of Fyter Fest had gone off the air.
“The best young wrestlers…”
The event itself delivered exactly what it had promised to the fans in attendance there at Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, in the beautiful state of Texas. Especially the highly hyped Texas Death Match between Moxley and Lance Archer.
And it was as the weapons used in the aforementioned match were being cleared away or thereabouts, that the AEW president, founder and co-owner, took to the microphone to deliver these statements before they were ready to start taping an episode of Dark: Elevation:
“Thank you for being here…We’re just getting started. I want to tell you a little about what’s coming. The first match we’re going to have features one of the top wrestlers in AEW. His name is Jungle Boy…We’re gonna have some great matches, including PAC vs. Chuck Taylor as the main event of Elevation. That’s a huge match…Ladies and gentlemen, we don’t have a Performance Center in AEW. This is our Performance Center…We have the best young wrestlers in the world and this is where we showcase them…”via WrestlingInc.com
The message was quite clear, and with Rampage launching in August, and on Friday nights to boot, we’re only surprised that Khan didn’t line the show up against SmackDown at 8PM instead of 10PM, which was announced as their regular timeslot for the show.
It’s probably too early for AEW to go directly head-to-head with WWE, but with the statements made by Khan, a direct war reminiscent to the Monday Night Wars of old shouldn’t be out of the question.
Aiden English goes another way
WrestlingInc also reported that Aiden English, as he was known in WWE has changed his in-ring name to ‘The Drama King’ Matthew Rehwoldt. This is apparently his birth name—not the drama king bit, however.
Moving forward, he can hopefully wash off some of the stigma attached to his lackluster run in WWE; a change of name can certainly help.
He is officially with Impact as of this month, and has already taped a few episodes of the weekly show, supposedly. He is also still working on the independent circuit and has been booked under a name he often used, Matt Morris, but according to his Twitter feed, that name too has gone down the garbage chute.
He was released by WWE in 2020, but a pinned Tweet on his feed tells the story of where his mind is at…
‘The Drama King’ Matthew Rehwoldt, himself is actually married to the daughter of the late, great, legendary, Eddie Guerrero, Shaul Guerrero. She made an appearance in AEW in 2020 where she served as ring announcer for the AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament.
Vickie Guerrero, wife of the late Eddie and mother to Shaul, is a manager with the promotion and with the debut of the legendary Chavo Guerrero this past Wednesday on Night 2 of Fyter Fest, we ask only if Rehwoldt is on his way to the company, but these are simply musings at this point, but should be kept in mind.
We wish him luck at Impact and his new name.