Tony Khan touched on various topics during his WrestleDream media call today including the big news that the WWE has signed former TBS Champion Jade Cargill. Khan left the door open for Cargill to return to AEW in the future.
“I have only positive things to say about Jade. It’s been great having her in AEW. She’s always welcome here. I think she’s had a great run with us and has a great career in front of her. We’re wishing her the best in the future,” he said.
Khan also addressed some other issues:
Adam Cole’s injury and him being scheduled to defend the ROH World Tag Team Championships with AEW World Champion MJF against The Righteous at WrestleDream.
“He was a little bit ginger on that leg. We’ll address that on Dynamite tomorrow…We’ll address Cole and everything happening at WrestleDream tomorrow night.”
The rumour that he is purchasing NJPW after saying WrestleDream will usher in a “new era” for AEW:
“I definitely have no intention of clarifying what I meant by those comments. I want people to order the pay-per-view…I’m very, very happy with what we’re doing right now so without completely spilling the beans on everything I’m working on or everything I see for the future, I do think it is really going to be the start of a new era of what we’re doing with AEW and I’m very excited about that…I’m a little surprised by the alleged speculation. I don’t know where it came from exactly but it’s probably good timing to have a lot of speculation on the eve of WrestleDream and I’m glad that we got a lot of people talking.”
Khan spoke about the layoffs at WWE in a roundabout way saying:
“I find that in the entertainment business there’s not a lot of loyalty at times and there should be. AEW is a family business. We’re not a public company. Even if I get punched in the face with circumstances it doesn’t mean that I’m going to take it out on the staff by cutting 100 staff or laying off 30 wrestlers. I really care about the people here. I would do anything I can to protect the jobs and the livelihood of the people that work here. That’s a family business. That’s the difference between a family business and a public company in a lot of ways. Not every family business has those principles but we do. That’s just how I was raised.”
TOP PHOTO: Tony Khan prior to AEW Dynamite Grand Slam, on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, NY. Photos by George Tahinos, https://georgetahinos.smugmug.com