Update On Tony Khan’s Feelings Towards Ongoing AEW WBD Media Rights Negotiations

Update On Tony Khan’s Feelings Towards Ongoing AEW WBD Media Rights Negotiations AEW/WBD

AEW and Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) are in ongoing negotiations over the media rights for TV programming and its home for the future.

Khan has acknowledged that 2024 is a “really big year” for AEW as this year marks the media renewal year.

The AEW owner has praised WBD and the “most amazing relationship” between companies, noting the importance of CEO David Zaslav.

It was also reported that Zaslav and TNT Sports’ Luis Silberwasser both want to retain AEW on TNT and TBS but Khan himself is “disappointed” by the offer currently on the table for his content.

In the wake of the ‘disappointed’ comment, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer stated that AEW sources claim Tony Khan ‘was not disappointed’ but that neither side have reached an agreement yet.

Meltzer has provided further insight into Khan’s mindset, particularly over the use of the word ‘disappointed’, on Wrestling Observer Radio, saying:

“I was told he wasn’t disappointed at all, but at the same time what does ‘disappointed’ mean? I mean it’s just a word.

“You can say he hasn’t signed so it’s not the offer he wanted you can say well that’s disappointing, you can say that. But the numbers I hear would not be numbers I would call disappointing.

“Nothing’s signed, that’s that. The exclusivity period is coming up soon, the end of it is coming up soon so they can open it up and talk to other people and see what’s going on there.

“Is it going badly, right now? I would not call it badly, that would not be a term I would use at all.

“People who kind of know are somewhat excited about it, but at the end of the day when the deal’s announced that will be the story.”

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On May 28, it was reported that the AEW/WBD exclusivity window is set to close ‘earlier than has been reported‘.

Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc. noted that the exclusivity window is set to close in July 2024.

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