The relationship between AEW and NWA is reportedly fine after comments made by Tony Khan and Billy Corgan.
AEW has maintained a working relationship with most promotions with NWA being one they have worked with in the past, but not in the past year.
In a previous conference call in 2021, AEW President Tony Khan made it known that he paid for the All Elite Wrestling talent that ended up working the NWA Empowerrr event, after the National Wrestling Alliance didn’t.
Speaking with Fightful (subscription required), NWA President Billy Corgan addressed those comments and the relationship with AEW, noting that the Empowerrr event wasn’t as commercially successful as he’d hoped.
When asked about the situation with All Elite Wrestling and Tony Khan, Corgan said:
“It wasn’t a miscommunication. Tony has my number and honestly, I wish he had reached out privately on that if he had any issue with that. The fact that he went public with something and the other part of the equation was he talked about stuff without giving the other end of the equation. The other end of the equation I’ve never talked about publicly. So it would be like if you went—let’s pretend me and you were having a little bit of an issue—and you went public and said, ‘Billy should thank me for driving that car that he’s driving because I paid for the tires,’ right? So people might go, ‘Oh, yeah, Billy should thank him.’ If I don’t tell you the other end of the deal that was made, well, that does sound like it was kind of a one way street. But that’s not the deal. I’ve never talked about the other end of the deal. “I don’t think I should talk about the other end of the deal, but let’s put it this way—there was another end of the deal that he conveniently didn’t mentioned. I don’t have any issue with Tony. I think Tony’s done a tremendous job. Tony’s made it easier for me to operate in wrestling. When I go into business meetings with networks and talk to them, they look at AEW’s success as an indication that the market is shifting, that WWE doesn’t control the market like they did for twenty years. So I can only thank Tony [for making it easier] for me.”
Fightful also noted that Khan and Corgan are in fact on good terms, and neither seems to have taken issue with what they have said.
In the same interview, Billy Corgan also discussed the reason why there will not be another NWA Empowerrr event, which you can read more about here.
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