Tony Khan Reveals Most Important Lesson He’s Learned By Running AEW

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AEW has taken off like few have expected, already one of the biggest wrestling promotions in the world after just over a year on TV, and two years in existence. Tony Khan is the man behind this revolution, but despite being a longtime fan? This is his first time running a wrestling company.

During a podcast appearance on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette (fka Renee Young) he’d answer many questions. The most interesting being what the biggest lesson he’s learned while running AEW.

Tony Khan Learned To Veto Bad Ideas After The Nightmare Collective

AEW has had a good time with a faction based approach in their company, with one notable exception being The Nightmare Collective. Some fans might have forgotten the faction led by Brandi Rhodes that was essentially just going to be assassins for hire. She had Awesome Kong, Mel, and “Japanese Deathmatch Legend” Luther on her side, and the crowd went mild.

This is likely what got Tony Khan used to filtering out bad ideas, something he got better at in 2020. In 2019 he admits he greenlit some ideas he didn’t love and had low expectations for, most of which ended up being poorly received by fans. Khan has since learned to use his power to shoot down poor ideas, creating a more logical and organized set of programming.

He Previously Wished He Could Have Re-Did Riho vs. Statlander

While he didn’t admit the Nightmare Collective was the reason in this podcast, he did call them out during the AEW Revolution media-scrum. He named Kris Statlander vs. Riho as one of the biggest mistakes that he wishes he could re-do. In what should have been a fantastic match, Nightmare Collective kept interfering and it absolutely ruined the whole thing. In 2021, that match would have gone ahead without all the extra noise.

“”Literally, I can think of maybe one segment that I could have back in the whole year, that’s really saying something, I mean, we’re a full two months in,” Khan said. “I didn’t think we needed all the ‘hoo-ha’ around Riho and Kris Statlander in Memphis. But it’s in the beginning of the year, you’re like, ‘You gotta do a better job at stuff.’ You go on a diet, right out of the gate, day two you screw up”

What are some wrestling angles where the boss should have vetoed the idea before it got to TV? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.

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