AEW President Tony Khan has found himself in the middle of a heated social media exchange with ex-WCW personality Glenn “Disco Inferno” Gilbertti. The contention arose following Gilbertti’s suggestion that AEW programming requires a fundamental reset, prompting a sharp retort from Khan on the platform formerly known as Twitter.
“The belief that you’re an irrelevant parasite unites the entire pro wrestling community,” Khan rebuked, taking a direct shot at the former wrestler’s relevance in today’s industry. This digital confrontation garnered attention within the wrestling ecosystem, as even AEW’s own, like ex-TNT Champion Sammy Guevara, chimed in with a supportive “FACTS” in the comment thread.
Gilbertti, unfazed by the backlash, further queried the AEW head in a subsequent post. “If I am irrelevant, how did I unite the wrestling community? And if the wrestling community is united by someone who is irrelevant, what does that say about the wrestling community?” he posted, challenging Khan’s initial critique and opening a debate among fans and insiders alike regarding AEW’s standing in the pro wrestling landscape.
It’s no secret that Gilbertti has been a vocal critic of All Elite Wrestling. His pointed commentary includes previously disparaging remarks about the perceived lack of interest in AEW events, noting unimpressive matches and expressing disapproval over the handling of star wrestler CM Punk’s storyline.
The latest clash coincided with Tony Khan’s promotion of AEW’s programming on social media, highlighting the ongoing dialogue between AEW leadership and its critics. This instance is not isolated, as Khan has also recently sparred with industry veterans over management styles, including an exchange with Eric Bischoff who labeled Khan’s tweets as potentially detrimental to AEW’s image.
Despite differing opinions on the direction and presentation of AEW’s content, the passionate discourse underscores the dynamic and often contentious world of professional wrestling, where behind-the-scenes drama can be just as compelling as the action in the ring. As AEW continues to evolve, the community can expect more lively debates and, surely, more can’t-miss matchups both on social media and on the mat.