Tony Khan Sounds Off About Competition From WWE This Weekend

— CM Punk wasn’t the only one to go off at yesterday’s AEW post-All Out media scrum. Company CEO Tony Khan also lashed out – to WWE – over their decision to run two shows on the same weekend All Out was held. Here’s what he had to say:

“There’s a big difference between this year and last year. We were the first professional wrestling show and the only professional wrestling show on Labor Day weekend last year, and we were the third professional wrestling show of the weekend this year. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.”

“When I talk about things I wasn’t thrilled about, I was a little surprised we were the third professional wrestling show this weekend, and it’s probably a little bit more challenging in the marketplace when it becomes a little more crowded. Our performance — in prior years, we never had this kind of competition. This was kind of a first for us in AEW to see this kind of a crowded marketplace. I’m not sure if this is what we’ll see from now on. I am very happy with the numbers we did, given the competition we had. The number is the number and I have to face the competition that is out there. When I compared myself to Jim Crockett Promotions this weekend, I think I got a taste of the same medicine Jim Crockett Promotions took, but I have a lot more f—ing money than Jim Crockett did. I’m serious. I’m not gonna sit back and take this f—ing s–t.”

“I’ve had a number of interactions with [WWE]. I’ve said a lot of nice stuff, and I don’t regret saying nice stuff because I’m super honest about pro wrestling. And when I saw good stuff there, I’ll be the first to say it. I am just not feeling the same love. I don’t want to get into it. I just haven’t felt the same reciprocation from them. If it is, when the fight is brought, I will continue bringing fights of my own, and I have unique ways to do that. I have a lot of money to fight with. And this is not a game to me. This is my life, and I don’t think it’s a joke, and I take it really seriously.”

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