AEW President Tony Khan was the most recent guest on Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 12360 podcast to talk all things AEW. In his interview, Khan breaks down a number of subjects, such as working with other promotions, healthcare for wrestlers, his vision for AEW, the importance of wins and losses, and the potential of working with Bill Goldberg. Check out his comments below.
I want to grow this into being something that the wrestling community will embrace. From top to bottom, beginning to end, every show we’re going to give you things we think you’re gonna enjoy and I don’t want to give you anything unless there’s a reason. Where it’s gonna be important later where you saw it, I don’t want to give you anything that you’re not going to enjoy now. If that makes sense, I think what we have, is we have a group of people with so much talent and so much wrestling know-how that I think we’re going to be able to generate a wrestling show that’s not just built with great work and awesome promos, but spontaneity and a live show that really feels like a live show like ‘Oh, anything can happen.’ I am excited about what we’re going to do.
Some of the people working with us are still independent contractors. And what I am doing is a lot of people are doing full-time office jobs. The people doing full-time office jobs have similar benefits to other sports executives and I have a lot of sports executives that are currently working with us here in Florida at the Jaguars, so what I’ve said is ‘Okay, well you’re sports executives so I can set you up with healthcare packages.’ But at the end of the day a lot of people are doing office jobs, so a lot of wrestlers are gonna end up with healthcare out of this.
POSSIBLY WORKING WITH BILL GOLDBERG:
I have spent some time with Bill, I really like Bill, a lot, and he’s one of the greatest drawing cards ever in the business. He’s a huge star, a household name, and yeah, if the situation was right, obviously. I haven’t agreed to anything with Bill, but I like him a lot.
WINS AND LOSSES:
Pro Wrestling hasn’t been taken seriously as the true athletic competition it is, in other sports wins and losses matter and I feel like wins and losses are a huge part of the equation. I really want a win and a loss to be taken seriously and the win/loss component should be a huge part of the competition to build up to the championship. Something we will take very very seriously. In my background in sports, I am huge believer in statistics and I think that’s one area where in wrestling we’ve seen some cool stuff get over. To me, I think there’s real opportunities to do some interesting things just in terms of building up athletes the way UFC has as legitimate competition