AEW President and CEO Tony Khan explains why Vince McMahon retiring and Triple H taking over is good for AEW.
Vince recently retired from WWE and Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan who is no relation to Tony were appointed co-CEOs of WWE. Triple H took over talent relations and creative. Since Triple H taking over creative, WWE has looked a lot better and ex-WWE wrestlers have returned.
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This should make AEW and Khan nervous because previously a lot of WWE Superstars wanted to make their way to AEW because they felt like they would get a better chance at success over there. However, now the scales may be leaning a little more towards WWE because of Triple H.
Tony Khan On Triple H’s Influence
Also rumors of AEW wrestlers being unhappy with their AEW booking have surfaced. This shift in the wrestling landscape would seemingly make Khan nervous, but it has him seemingly excited. In a recent interview with DAZN he explained why he thinks Triple H taking over is a good thing.
“Now the competition changing, I think that’s a good thing in some ways,” Khan said. “If you like good wrestling, you’re just more likely to want to see it because our competitor has been doing better shows recently than they had been doing, I think. I watch them pretty often, and I think they’ve been better. It seems like that’s the consensus among people who watch them.
I do think in general, if it’s gonna get more people watching wrestling, that’s probably not gonna hurt any wrestling company. And we stand to gain the most in many ways because if you’re a big wrestling fan, and if you’ve been away and you like good wrestling, you might be saying, ‘Where are Chris Jericho and Bryan Danielson? CM Punk’s back?’
So as we get to an exciting point of a lot of people coming back to the company, but a lot of new fans also, I think hopefully they want to embrace the new wrestlers in AEW and also a lot of the big names in AEW that you’ll be able to see on a regular basis, people that are on the show every week and have been going all summer like Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. Then again, whenever CM Punk is back, there’s a big setup for an undisputed championship to be crowned.
I think if you’re a fan of good wrestling, it’d be a great time to step back in and check it out because right now, there’s a lot of good wrestling on TV, including Wednesday’s on TBS and Fridays on TNT.”
A New Golden Age Of Pro Wrestling
I completely agree with Khan. One of the big reasons the Attitude Era of WWE was so good was because WCW provided such stiff competition. WWE and WCW had to be at their best to survive. Competition makes everything better and created a golden age of pro wrestling in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. We have already been entering another golden age of wrestling and have been since AEW premiered. However, with Triple H taking over, the new peak of pro wrestling just got a lot closer.
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AEW has been the only real rival for WWE in the US. AEW started with a lot of momentum and has only gained more since their debut in 2019. Big names in the US like Jericho and Cody Rhodes signing early on gave the company a lot of credibility. Also having big names from the indies and outside the US like Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks and The Lucha Brothers help as well.
AEW has gone on to beat WWE in the ratings and brought in big crowds to arenas. They also worked with other big promotions like IMPACT and NJPW. Khan has also bought ROH and its tape library which will eventually be put on a streaming service. They have already positioned themselves as the number two promotion and are becoming more of a threat to WWE everyday.
WWE’s Ex-Stars Are AEW’s Big Names
AEW is in a good position because they have a lot of well-known wrestlers from the past still wrestling or involved in AEW. They have Jericho, Punk and Danielson, but they also have Sting, Paul Wight formerly Big Show, Christian, Mark Henry and Dustin Rhodes formerly Goldust. In comparison WWE doesn’t have the same level of wrestler recognition with active wrestlers or ones which appear often. Goldberg and John Cena only wrestle periodically and the only wrestler from the same era who is active is Rey Mysterio Jr.
Do you think Triple H taking over will help AEW? Is Triple H taking over something which will doom AEW? Do you think a new golden age of wrestling is approaching? Is having better name recognition wrestlers in AEW going to help AEW or hurt them in the long run because they are also closer to retirement? Leave a comment on our social media and let us know what you think should be AEW’s next move to become a real threat to WWE.
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Sources: DAZN, Wrestling Inc.