Tony Khan has revealed that he has no desire to become an on-screen authority figure for AEW while speaking to Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions, and said he’ll only appear when something big needs announcing.
The AEW President revealed that he made the exception for the Brodie Lee tribute show because he wanted to pay his respects to Brodie, but doesn’t want to become a General Manager-like character on TV:
“No it’s not [something I’m interested in] and I came as close to doing it as I will, I made a big exception coming out [for the Brodie Lee Tribute Show] and I thought it was the right thing to do to be there on behalf of the company and everybody for how much Brodie meant to us, and I wanted to pay the highest respect to him that I could, and Amanda and Brody and be there for them. But other than that I’ve never come out and done that in that role. Occasionally, because of the story with IMPACT and times where I think it makes sense, but I don’t want to do that. We have a limited amount of TV time and we have a great roster and a lot of other people are going to be featured and frankly the character of the General Manager doesn’t need to be featured on TV a lot. I am the General Manger of a Premier League team, you don’t see me on NBC very much. The job of the General Manager is not to be on TV a lot. There’s a time and a place, if there’s a statement that needs to be made, or you got to say something then you do, and in the case of AEW it’s announcing matches and Fulham can be announcing players or someone is coming in on loan or once every few years saying, ‘guys you need to do a better job’, but for me, the role of the General Manager, there isn’t a need for that person to be on TV consistently. It’s a device that you need and I think of myself more as a device.”
Interestingly, it was reported back in December 2019 that AEW was considering bringing in an authority figure for Dynamite, with Tazz reportedly being discussed. However, as we know, that hasn’t come to fruition yet.
Thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.