WWE CEO Nick Khan has shared his honest thoughts on AEW President and ROH owner Tony Khan.
Have you ever given much thought to the fact that there are top ‘Khan’s in both WWE and AEW? Does anyone have any Khan-spiracy theories about what’s going on?
Have the Khans of the wrestling world ever met up at, let’s say, a Khan convention? A Khan-vention if you like?
Well Nick Khan has now given us the answers, so you don’t have to read any more of my silly puns.
Speaking on the Bill Simmons Show, Nick Khan noted that he has never met Tony Khan, but has met his father, Shahid Khan.
Noting that Tony Khan seems nice, Nick said:
“I think I’ve never met the kid. Tony Khan seems like a nice kid to me. I don’t know him.
“I have met his dad, who randomly I sat next to at some sports business luncheon.”
Nick Khan went on to note that he doesn’t feel threatened by Tony Khan, AEW or anyone as WWE CEO.
Since WWE chairman Vince McMahon has returned to the company, there have been a number of shake-ups in WWE, with the company reportedly looking to sell at some point during 2023.
Nick Khan also addressed Vince McMahon’s WWE return, and the debunked reports that WWE had agreed to sell to the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.
Paul Levesque (Triple H) told WWE talent in a meeting before SmackDown on January 13 and before Raw on January 16 that nothing would change on the creative side of things and he would still be the person heading that up.
He did say he and McMahon “may have discussions”, but Levesque is the one making final decisions.
However, it’s worth remembering that WWE did hold a meeting with employees (not talent) a week earlier and the message was “business as usual” and that no management would be changing, and then Stephanie McMahon resigned just days later, so it seems even what’s being said in the meetings is a fluid situation and things may change.
On January 6, using his power as majority owner, Vince McMahon put himself and former WWE presidents George Barrios and Michelle Wilson back on the company’s Board of Directors, disposing of JoEllen Lyons Dillon, Jeffrey R Speed, and Alan M Wexler in the process.
McMahon had stated that his intention was to facilitate a sale of the company.
He changed bylaws to ensure that no sale or media rights deal could be completed without his approval.
Upon McMahon’s return, two further Board members resigned of their own volition, those being Man Jit Singh – who was the one heading up the Board’s investigation into McMahon – and Ignace Lahoud.
Stephanie McMahon then resigned from her role as co-CEO and Chairwoman and her position on the Board on January 10, as Vince McMahon was elected Executive Chairman.
On January 15, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported that Vince McMahon was back in his office and had been “suggesting changes” to different departments.
On January 17, WWE made a new SEC filing stating that, as of January 16, Vince McMahon no longer needs stockholders’ approval for his actions.
There has been much speculation that Vince McMahon was looking to sell to a party that would commit to keeping him in charge of the company despite the multiple sexual assault allegations that have surfaced in the past year that led to his initial ‘retirement’ in July.
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Transcription via Brandon Thurston.
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