AEW President Tony Khan has explained the company’s stance on COVID-19 vaccination, as well as revealing his own vaccination status.
This comes after it emerged that being unvaccinated reportedly played a part in WWE’s decision to release a number of the names that were let go last week.
Speaking with PWTorch, Tony Khan said:
“I have got that most of the roster in AEW is vaccinated. For example, there have been some places we went where everybody had to be vaccinated and I think when the companies start doing international travel, we will see that for Canada and England, places like that, it will be very difficult for wrestlers to travel without it.
“So, it certainly will present a challenge as we tour and I know California in the future is a place that has very strict mandates. Most of the roster is vaccinated and as we continue touring it’s something that I think may come up, so I understand why for some people, especially with the return to international touring looming, why that would be an issue.
“It has come up several times. I have not ‘required’ it, same with the NFL and same with, I think other wrestling leagues. But it will be a big challenge if you’re not for a lot of circumstances. A great example was the Jericho Cruise where all the wrestlers on the Jericho Cruise had to be vaccinated. So it’s definitely, as touring becomes stronger and we start to get out of the US and look to international touring, it’s going to be an issue for people.”
The AEW personnel that were on the Jericho cruise, so seemingly confirmed to be vaccinated, were:
- Chris Jericho
- Britt Baker
- Orange Cassidy
- Chuck Taylor
- Wheeler Yuta
- Kris Statlander
- Marko Stunt
- Powerhouse Hobbs
- Ricky Starks
- Frankie Kazarian
- Christopher Daniels
- Anna Jay
- Dasha Gonzalez
- Aubrey Edwards
- Billy Gunn
- Dean Malenko
- Colt Cabana
- JD Drake
- Matt Sydal
- Mike Sydal
- Brian Cage
- Isiah Kassidy
- Ashley D’Amboise
- Peter Avalon
- Evil Uno
- Stu Grayson
- Austin Gunn
- Colten Gunn
- Jamie Hayter
- Sonny Kiss
- Ryan Nemeth
- Cezar Bononi
Obviously this doesn’t mean those are the only ones vaccinated, if that wasn’t clear.
There were also some other notable names from the world of wrestling, such as Kurt Angle, Danhausen, Bully Ray, Jazz, Will Ospreay and Madusa.
Khan then confirmed that he is vaccinated, saying:
“Yeah. That’s the first time anybody’s ever asked me that on the record, but yeah. I mean, I am in the NFL, and our access is very different if you’re not. It’s different for players and ownership, yes, but all of us are under the same mandates and there’s mass mandates in the locker room and it’s a very different set of rules for the unvaccinated people in the NFL.
“So, that’s definitely one of the major factors in the NFL as far as game day travel and how the team prepares for the games and who can sit with each other. So, yeah, the NFL was at the forefront of that in terms of spreading awareness.”
Quotes via Wrestling Inc
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