interested in WWE purchase - 20th January 2023
an appearance on The Maggie and Perloff Show, Tony
Khan was asked if by any chance he was really interested
in appearing WWE and he replied: "I'm interested
in the news that there is potentially a sales process
and certainly, I think that we have shown, when there
are acquisitions and transactions, that we are capable
of making some big signings. My father stepped up
with (Jacksonville) Jaguars and Fulham FC in the Premier
League and did a great job building the club and put
resources into it and we're playing football at a
AEW, we have shown that we can build a society. Even
when I bought Ring Of Honor, it's a very different
thing than WWE, but Ring Of Honor is a company with
20 years of history and I've really enjoyed running
it and we've shown that we're always on top on every
metric corporate since we relaunched it and everything
will always improve.
is my main focus, but certainly, when that news is
out there, it's very interesting. Stay tuned AEW Dynamite
and AEW Rampage, you never know when I'm going to
talk about something. On the other hand, it is very
preliminary to talk about that process.
there is a process, which appears to be there, I'm
interested in being part of it."
Khan doesn't rule anything out
the last few hours, there has been a lot of talk about
the possibility that the owners of AEW are the ones
who would buy WWE, as was done with ROH, the problem
is that WWE definitely has much higher costs than
Ring Of Honor and it would not be an investment that
everyone could face, although the Khan family is certainly
not exactly without the money to be able to do it
if they wanted to, but compared perhaps to giants
like Disney, there is a bit of a difference.
sure the Khans could pool the money to buy it if they
wanted to but it would be very expensive and if the
TV rights and their deals change for the worse, it's
also a bad investment. WWE and its future has become
truly, really addicted to TV rights, PWInsider's
Mike Johnson said.
basing the company to be way more wrestler-friendly
and in terms of the scheduling, because we're not
going to have a constant touring of five nights a
week or anything like that, six nights a week never,"
Khan said. "And really focusing on that and building
the big events, big pay-per-views and streaming specials."
also confirmed that the company took a hit by airing
Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen for free on B/R
Live, but he predicted big revenue streams to come.
terms of putting shows out there for free, we took
a bath financially on that and I took a big hit, and
I was willing to do it as a company because I believed
in our brand of wrestling," Khan said, adding
that that his "dream" was to get AEW to
the level "where WCW was."
hasn't been a legitimate other company [besides WWE]
presenting weekly, high quality wrestling, and never
before was HD available," Khan said. He also
expressed confidence that "the revenue streams
are going to be huge" once the weekly AEW on
TNT show premieres Wednesday, October 2.
also revealed his thoughts on the popular "Being
The Elite" YouTube series, noting that it will
be very different than the weekly TV show, also by
Nick does putting Being the Elite together every week
and what Matt does both on and off the camera it's
so huge," Khan said. "With Being the Elite
you'll see some of the most innovative stuff, but
it's going to be very different then the weekly TV
show. But that's by design and I want to keep it that
way so you'll have outlets to see different things."