AEW President Tony Khan doesn’t want a hybrid championship for All Elite Wrestling and Ring of Honor despite owning both promotions.
Khan acquired the ROH promotion in March of this year and has regularly had Ring of Honor talent featured on AEW television. He has also featured AEW stars in establishing a new era for ROH.
During the ROH Death Before Dishonor pre-show media briefing, Kenny McIntosh of Inside The Ropes asked Tony Khan whether titles could travel between the two companies.
“The titles, I think, are going to be kept separate. I wouldn’t have a hybrid championship or any hybrid championships I think between AEW and Ring of Honor. For example, the AEW All-Atlantic Championship is about that. It has been defended outside the country versus wrestlers outside of AEW and then PAC, or whoever ends up retaining the title in his upcoming defenses, the champion will return to America and defend that title against AEW wrestlers. I also think a lot of the AEW championships have been defended outside in other companies against other wrestlers and we’ve seen championships from outside of AEW defended here.”
The AEW President continued on to say despite not wanting a hybrid championship or championships, he thinks fans should expect for champions of AEW and ROH to defend their titles in other promotions.
“But as far as having a hybrid championship between two companies, I don’t — I probably would not do that. But I would have the champions of AEW and Ring of Honor continue to fight each other in their respective companies and in other companies like New Japan Pro-Wrestling and other companies we’ve worked with, AAA and a number of others, RevPro in England is now a great example of that with the All-Atlantic title also. So that’s probably how I see it going.”
ROH Death Before Dishonor will take place this Saturday, July 23, featuring FTR vs. The Briscoes in a two-out-of-three falls match for the ROH World Tag Team Titles and Jonathan Gresham vs. Claudio Castagnoli for the ROH World Championship.
For the full lineup for the event, click here.
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