Tony Khan, AEW’s president, had nothing but praise for his world champion during his appearance on SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio following the release of the PWI 500 rankings by Pro Wrestling Illustrated earlier today (September 8).
“No surprise, no surprise, I think it’s very well deserved. It’s a great honor for Kenny. Last year Jon Moxley was a great number one representative for AEW, and I think it’s awesome for Kenny Omega to be #1 in the PWI. I think it’s a lot of milestones for AEW this week and a lot of firsts. It’s definitely the best PPV card I’ve ever been associated with, and I’m just so proud of all our team.
“To be able to come to TV tonight and say ‘this is our crew.’ To be able to look around our locker room and have CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole, Ruby Soho and all these great new faces in AEW, it’s pretty special. Things have changed a lot in AEW, and I really believe we have the best roster in all of wrestling right now. So it’s very fitting that our world champion, Kenny Omega, is the number one ranked wrestler in the world.”
During the interview, Khan also discusses the success of the All Out pay-per-view and shared his thought on the direction of the industry, saying:
“It’s also the most-watched wrestling PPV by any company outside of WWE since the ’90s. 1999 was definitely the last time anybody put numbers like this outside of WWE… and like I said, it was a one-horse race in pay-per-view for about twenty years. And that entire time, nobody else put up numbers like this. So it’s pretty special and it signifies that competition is back in the wrestling business. But I think that was pretty obvious with the statements we made on the PPV, the quality of the show, and the free-agent acquisitions that we were able to get.”
transcription via WrestlingInc