AEW President and CEO Tony Khan has spoken about a possible major change he’s considering making to the promotion’s Dark show on YouTube.
Throughout the pandemic period, Dark has started becoming a lot longer and often has 15+ matches because of the amount of talent AEW is using and bringing in.
Speaking on the media call ahead of tomorrow’s Winter Is Coming edition of Dynamite, Khan said:
“We’re still in a pandemic and there are probably some cuts I could’ve and would’ve made and have chosen not to because I think it’s a really difficult time for people in the wrestling business, and like I said over eight months ago, when we weren’t letting people go even though all of our live events had been postponed, I really feel strongly that it’s really a hard time to get work in the wrestling business right now. I don’t wanna be letting a lot of people go, but I do agree with what you’re saying – we’ve built a really big roster, it’s hard to use everybody, but at the same time we do need to keep developing talents and bringing people in.
“That’s where Dark has become valuable and I’ve extended the length of Dark, and I’m seriously considering splitting Dark into multiple developmental shows, and possibly even having one that is more of a developmental show and one that is more established talent, or maybe a mix of the two. But definitely, our streaming products have given us a good platform to feature a lot of the people we’ve added, and I believe in the people we’re adding.
“I think for us right now, it’s more important for us to add and develop people than for me to worry about cutting the budget during the pandemic. Even though, you’re right, it’s not sustainable to add people, add people, add people, and not let people go. But, you know 2020’s been a different year so I think I’m taking a different approach to it.”
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