It was previously reported that Vince McMahon announced his retirement from the WWE last Friday night prior to that evening’s episode of WWE SmackDown. There were then reports that WWE would be under new management with Triple H being named as the Head of Creative and Stephanie McMahon being named as the Chairman and CEO of the WWE. Following these blockbuster announcements, fans have been wondering what is next for the WWE and how the way they present their programming will change. The WWE Universe have also been thinking what could this mean for a potential working partnership between WWE and All Elite Wrestling down the line.
AEW President and CEO Tony Khan recently made an appearance on the Ten Count Wrestling Podcast on NBC Sports Boston and spoke about if he would be open to working with the WWE now that they are under new management. The AEW CEO said that he is certainly open to working with any wrestling promotion in the world as long as the circumstances are right and people have seen their track record and what they’ve done with ROH, especially when they were in tough times.
This is what Tony Khan said:
“I’m not sure if that’s the case, but I would certainly be open to talking to pretty much any wrestling promotion in the world about how to work together if the circumstances are right.” “We’ve worked with, I would say in terms of securing footage or providing talent, probably with at least a dozen companies around the world, including Ring of Honor before I was the owner of Ring of Honor, when they were independently owned by Sinclair.”
“I’d like to think that was positively received by them when we did things to help them out when they were in tough times, and I think that goodwill helped us in the sale process, that they knew it was something they put a lot of time, effort and financial backing into was going to have a good home, with somebody who was going to take care of it and love Ring of Honor. I think our track record with AEW showed them that, and now both companies are really strong.”
You can check out Tony Khan’s comments in the video below. H/T to Wrestling Inc. for transcribing the quotes.