Ever since its inception back on January 1st, 2019, All Elite Wrestling has really been making a name in the pro wrestling industry and they have been garnering global recognition and major successes all around the world and they have even been reaching worldwide audiences and markets. With the promotion having surpassed 4 years in the industry, they have become a world-wide recognized company and is the second biggest wrestling company in the world, next to the WWE.
All Elite Wrestling and the WWE have been in competition with each other for over three years now and they have been rivals with one another in every possible aspect and way such as television ratings as well as the talents they bring in. AEW President and CEO Tony Khan appeared on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and revealed that a number of AEW talents approached him and allegedly told him that the WWE reached out to them and ask them to break their contracts with the company. Khan also stated that he can’t confirm if this actually happened as he can only tell everyone what the wrestlers told him.
This is what Tony Khan said:
“I can’t really comment on what their internal struggles, internal strifes are because I don’t work there and I’m not there. I can only speak to the challenges we’ve had. I’ve got a lot of wrestlers who come to me and allege that WWE reached out to them to tamper with their contracts and ask them to break their contracts. I can’t confirm that specifically. I can only tell you what the wrestlers have come to me and said, but I’ve had multiple wrestlers and staff report that to me. It was very disturbing. I’ve had to go out and try to put on good shows despite this alleged tampering, and stuff like that. Frankly, I don’t think it’s stopped us because the quality of the product and the quality of the shows is at an all-time high right now.”
Tony Khan then stated that the pro wrestling business is very dirty and he doesn’t know if what their talents told them actually happened, but what he knows is it’s a real war between AEW and the WWE and both promotions truly hate each other, which he thinks makes for a really exciting wrestling war.
This is what Tony Khan said:
“The wrestling business is very dirty.” “I can’t speak to the fight business but certainly, I think it’s more organized than the fight business. As far as there’s two, I think, well-organized promotions competing with each other.” “Again, I don’t know if these things have happened. I only know what people have come to me and alleged. But, I do know it’s a real war between AEW and WWE.”
“I think we truly, truly hate each other and I think it makes for really exciting TV and it makes for an exciting wrestling war.”
You can check out Tony Khan’s comments in the video below. H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the quotes.