Barron’s, a sister publication of the Wall Street Journal and a subsidiary of Dow Jones & Company, is reporting that AEW owners Shahid and Tony Khan are interested in buying the WWE. It was also noted on the article that despite Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund being more likely to end up buying the WWE, the Khan family “is in the pool of potential buyers for WWE,” according to a source close to the potential transaction and with Tony Khan’s father Shahid Khan already owning the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Fulham Football Club, the Khan family definitely have deep pockets.
Shortly following the article, CNBC has noted that they are interested in merging AEW and the WWE and Shahid and Tony Khan are looking to partner with a strategic media company so that they can share the intellectual property, while merging the two massive wrestling companies. There was also a mention on the story that this is a long shot and AEW has not had talks with Vince McMahon or Nick Khan, but The Khans are definitely open to talk about a potential role for Vince McMahon once the sale is done, but no talks have happened.
WWE is hoping to have the company sold by mid-2023 and as of this writing there are several potential buyers including Endeavor, Comcast, Disney, ESPN and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. More news and updates will be provided on the WWE’s sale once it has been made available.