Tony Khan

Tony Khan Comments On His Father Shad Khan Having Doubts Early On About AEW

As noted, Tony Khan recently appeared as a guest on the Busted Open Radio show for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.

In addition to the highlights we recently published from the interview, the AEW President & CEO also spoke about winning over his father, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise Shad Khan, on the idea of All Elite Wrestling as a business venture, as well as turning his family members who are not wrestling fans into growing spectators of the promotion.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview where the AEW boss-man touches on these topics and more.

On winning over his father Shad Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise in the NFL, on the idea of All Elite Wrestling as a business venture after his initial doubts: “It’s a great relationship, he’s the best. In the end that was kind of where he left it. And it took a lot of fighting, a lot of business plans and a lot of presentations. He definitely didn’t just roll over and fund this project. I made a lot of cases, and after I saw I’d done the work that is where he left it. He still didn’t really believe it was going to work but he could see I put in the time and had a business plan, and had some ideas and made some connections. Definitely had made some progress. In the end he still didn’t really believe in it, but he did take a leap of faith and I’m so glad he did. And that was my dad. He really stole the show in that article. I thought that was really the highlight quote of the whole thing. It’s very fitting I think. I really enjoyed it.”

On turning his non-wrestling fan family members into spectators who have and continue to warm up to the AEW product being one of his proudest accomplishments: “I always want to make my dad proud and my parents proud, and they are. They love AEW. That makes me as proud as anything, because honestly, everybody listening to this show for the most part knows I love wrestling so much. And I’m sure so many of you have family members who have no patience for wrestling. If you’re listening to Busted Open, it probably means a lot to you. And you can’t get your family to stick around, stay in the room when you want to put wrestling on. One of the great things about AEW, for me, so many of my friends who never embraced wrestling have given AEW a chance and they like it. Because AEW hasn’t insulted their intelligence in some of the same ways, and they’ve found a lot of wrestlers in the company they’re compelled by. For my parents, I always joke around that they couldn’t sit through wrestling for five minutes. And now they know every little character on AEW. They know who Marko Stunt is. They wouldn’t sit through five minutes of wrestling until AEW. So I’m so proud it’s been successful and that I haven’t let them down.”

Check out the complete interview at H/T to for transcribing the above quotes.


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