AEW President Tony Khan was a guest on The Steve Austin Show (Stone Cold Podcast) where he spoke about other various things related to AEW and future plans for the company. Check out some of the main quotes and information that he provided on the show.
On Double or Nothing
He called Double or Nothing as “one of the greatest wrestling pay-per-views ever”, and a real “grand slam”. He also revealed to Austin that he was completely lurking around the Gorilla Position as the show was in progress. Unlike McMahon, he wasn’t the main voice of the show and instead he was working along with the VPs.
It all started with a phone call between himself and Cody, as he mentioned that it would be cool to have someone like Ricky Steamboat or Ric Flair reveal the belt. Then he tentatively suggested Bret Hart and was put in touch with his agent. The weekend of Double or Nothing was the first time Khan met Bret face-to-face. He enjoyed dinner with the legend, describing him as totally charming.
On Titles in AEW
“We want to focus on a serious main event picture both in the singles and tag team divisions. Then we establish women’s singles and establish the women’s tag team titles when we get there. I’m not going to pretend that we are not serious about building the (men’s and women’s) tag team division.”
Announced the Tag Team Tournament
“When we launch our weekly television show in the Fall, we are going to be doing a tag team tournament that is going to have some of the greatest tag team wrestling matches ever on television. We are going to be starting that, which is going be one of the main focuses on our TV.” Khan also emphasized that in The Young Bucks and The Lucha Brothers, AEW already has two of the best tag teams of all time amongst their ranks – and that they plan to grow that into something truly special.
On Wins and Losses in Pro-Wrestling
“As we focus on having the best world championship, in singles and tag teams, men and women, that’s going to be the focus. When I talk about wins and losses matter, that is important to the story. Who won and loss on these pay-per-views is going to really matter. It is the most important thing we can do to establish a promotion, is to establish the championship. It is what everyone is trying to obtain, how do you obtain the championship? By establishing a run of matches, a streak, by winning a big match, winning a title eliminator. I’m excited about what we are going to do with this.”
On AEW TV Show
“The guys are going to have time to get their personalities across, but they are also going to have time to have great matches. I want people to tune into our show, looking forward to it all day, because of great matches. There are tons of great wrestling right now, except it’s not as readily available. We need to get back to where not only is the wrestling great, not only are we doing hot shows, but also get the commercial success, we are getting huge advertising money in, and be a juggernaut in terms of television and media.”
On AEW-WarnerMedia Deal
My friend, Kevin Reilly, is the president of TNT and TBS. It’s going to start in the Fall. There will be specific details on that very soon, and it’s going to be really exciting for pro wrestling to return to TNT in prime time, weeknights, for a 2-hour live wrestling show. I can’t tell you the day of the week, but I think it’s going to be the best pro wrestling show anyone has ever done. All Out is going to be our last pay per view going into it.”
You can listen to the complete podcast below.