AEW President Tony Khan has hit back at critics who were comparing his father’s deals with Saudi Arabia to the deal between WWE and the Kingdom.
Khan explained there are several major differences between the deal his father made when buying the Four Seasons from a Saudi person, and the deal which sees WWE hold shows in the country.
Speaking during the post-AEW Full Gear Media Scrum, Tony Khan said:
“I’ve been wanting to say something for a long time, I’m just going to say it. I’ve never brought this up, but I see people say stuff online, and me bringing this up will probably make it worse – but I’m gonna say it anyway. My dad bought Four Seasons from a Saudi person (Kingdom Holding Company) five years ago, and that is the beginning and the end of it.
“It is very much an apples and oranges thing – when you compare the ongoing business relationship (between WWE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) to what my dad did, which was purchasing a property from an individual, not the government.
“But I see people say stuff like, ‘oh, Shad Khan does business with Saudi Arabia.’ That’s bulls**t. I’ve seen people bring this up online for years, and they are wrong. My dad is not involved in ongoing businesses, he just bought the hotel years ago. It’s very different to what’s going on with that part of the world (with WWE).”
The reason the topic of his father’s deal came up was because Khan was asked about AEW holding a show in Canada, where his father owns the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. Khan welcomed the idea of holding a show there.