Tony Khan On How He Plans To Keep So Much Talent Happy

Tony Khan On How He Plans To Keep So Much Talent Happy

AEW President and CEO Tony Khan is seemingly always adding to his roster, which a lot of people have called into question.

The promotion is bringing on a lot of names, and not just major ones, but doesn’t seem to be letting many people go, leading to a growing roster that shows no sign of stopping.

In an interview with AP News, when asked about how he plans to keep everyone happy, Tony Khan said:

“I think that’s a good problem for any organization to have when you have a deep bench. We have a very deep bench right now. I try to rotate who wrestles on television and give TV time to different wrestlers so we have a lot of people with momentum and can switch out the matches and keep things fresh. I think that serves you well in sports, too, when you can rotate and rest people and give experience to young talent and develop people and also rest your veterans so they don’t have to go out and do it every single week.”

On the topic of so many big stars becoming available to AEW, he said:

“I had a lot of wrestlers that were very well-regarded in terms of the hardcore fans. But in terms of the very mainstream audience, not as many recognizable names, and I knew I’d have to really build that recognition.

“I didn’t expect somebody with so much recognition and as much experience wrestling on TV as Jon Moxley would become available so quickly. He has been such a great blessing for this company. He was a great champion through the pandemic. He’s still one of our most important stars today. I didn’t expect that at the time.

“Since then, absolutely. By making this a great home for wrestling and a place where wrestlers want to work, we’ve had so many people that want to come here, and have defected. It is more than I ever could have dreamed.”

The size of the roster doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, and neither does the company’s momentum, with the big ‘Grand Slam’ show taking place in front of its record crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium tonight.

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2 years ago by Liam Winnard


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