AEW talent are said to be “very vocal” when it comes to frustration with recent booking decisions.
Though AEW has provided an alternative place to work for many former members of the WWE roster, not everyone is happy about the way they’ve been booked in Tony Khan’s promotion.
Speaking on a recent episode of Keepin’ It 100 with Konnan, the former WCW star addressed recent comments made by Bobby Fish that indicated the Undisputed Elite member felt underutilized in AEW. Konnan began by expressing his admiration for Tony Khan, while making it clear that the two of them rarely talk about business.
“I’ve said this a million times. I have no qualms about saying it again. I like Tony Khan. I love talking to Tony because he likes all the same things I do, football, college basketball, not a lot of people like college basketball, he does, college football, you know, wrestling. We like the same movies, comedies, he’s got a really good sense of humor. I try not to talk too much to him about his business and I don’t want him to think that I’m trying to angle for a job.”
Continuing, Konnan said that he understands the frustration of talent who don’t feel they’re being used properly in AEW, and compared it to his time in WCW when ex-WWE stars were coming into the company.
“But I can tell you this, bro. The last few times I’ve been to, I remember one day, and I won’t even say who the wrestler was, a very good friend of mine, I was backstage in AEW. This was probably a year ago and there were a lot of WWE guys coming in, a lot of new people coming in, and it was the first time the originals were being shoved to the side.
“Because you can imagine how people like Sonny Kiss and Joey Janella and all these other guys that were there at the beginning and you don’t really see much of them anymore are feeling when all these other people are coming in. But that was going to happen. When you get bigger fish, you’re going to use them.“ He asked me, ‘Is this what WCW was like?’ I go, ‘This is exactly how WCW started to get’, and he was like, ‘Oh (bleep).'”
Konnan also said that many AEW talents have expressed frustration and have been “very, very vocal about it.”
“Then the last time I was there, bro, you have no idea how many people came up to me and they were pissed about the booking. They weren’t happy how they were being used. They were very, very vocal about it. It’s kind of funny because our boy, I don’t think he gives (bleep), in front of everybody in catering, he came up and he was like, ‘Yeah, thank God Konnan is here. Maybe they’ll use somebody that knows how to book logically.’ I was like, ‘Bro, ixnay that. I’m not here looking for a job.’ So yeah, people are starting to talk.”