All Elite Wrestling CEO Tony Khan was recently interviewed by Decider to hype AEW’s upcoming TNT debut. Khan explains why he put out Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen for free, explains how wrestler schedules will be easier, how Being the Elite remains innovative, and discusses the talent of the Joshi stars. Highlights are below.
Putting out Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen for free:
In terms of putting shows out there for free, we took a bath financially on that and I took a big hit, and I was willing to do it as a company because I believed in our brand of wrestling. There hasn’t been a legitimate other company [besides WWE] presenting weekly, high quality wrestling, and never before was HD available. The revenue streams are going to be huge.
Schedules being easier for talent:
We’re basing the company to be way more wrestler-friendly and in terms of the scheduling, because we’re not going to have a constant touring of five nights a week or anything like that, six nights a week never. And really focusing on that and building the big events, big pay-per-views and streaming specials.
Calling the scouted Joshi talent this generation’s luchadores:
I really think the joshi that Kenny scouted out could our be our generation’s luchadores because the luchadores and the lucha style became very prevalent through wrestling on TNT weekly in the 90s. And now, almost twenty-five years later, the joshi could come in and just blow people away. I mean they have on our shows and it’s happening.
If certain moves are banned and wrestler safety:
I feel very strongly that I want to take care of the talent and I want to protect these guys and girls and everybody.
Being The Elite being innovative:
What Nick does putting Being the Elite together every week and what Matt does both on and off the camera it’s so huge. With Being the Elite you’ll see some of the most innovative stuff, but it’s going to be very different then the weekly TV show. But that’s by design and I want to keep it that way so you’ll have outlets to see different things.