AEW President and CEO Tony Khan recently appeared on Busted Open Radio and talked about those talents that have been released by the WWE over the past year or so as well as how he believes any talent who chooses to sign with the WWE isn’t signing a real contract, what they are signing is just a temporary arrangement.
Tony Khan also said that when he hires a talent that talent will be with him for the rest of his life and he doesn’t think wrestlers who work for the WWE can feel the same way as they don’t have the same job security in WWE like they do in AEW and wrestlers who work for the WWE don’t even know if by next week they would still have a job.
This is what Tony Khan said:
“Anybody who signs a contract [in WWE] these days, is not signing a real contract, in my opinion.” “It’s a temporary arrangement. People who come wrestle with me, a lot of these people are frankly lifers and they know that. There are some people who are here and work really hard. There are some people who come in and work more than really hard.”
“I feel like is their actual life and will be with me for the rest of my life. And I don’t know if everybody who works for my competition can say that. I think there are people who work there and they aren’t even sure they’re gonna be there next week. There is a lot more security with a contract here. I can’t say I’m going to extend every contract or bring every person back, but I also — through the last couple of years — have not been doing mass layoffs.”
“Even though I’m not the most profitable company of all time. I don’t brag about being the most profitable company of all time. I do brag about bringing in a lot of revenue for a start-up and being a real success story. What I will brag about is that we haven’t been doing mass layoffs and we haven’t fired 15 people last week or 18 people the week before that. It’s not anything to be proud of when a company lets all those people go and you’re putting press releases out like that, frequently, I don’t think it’s a good thing.”
You can check out Tony Khan’s full comments in the tweet below:
"I just think there's a lot more security with a contract here."— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) November 19, 2021
While discussing @The_MJF's promo on #AEWDynamite, @TonyKhan talks about talent releases & the pride he takes in being Owner of @AEW ?@TheMarkHenry @RyanMcKinnell #AEWRampage #AEW pic.twitter.com/KDhOh9osBG