Tony Khan Makes Important Hurricane Ian Announcement

Tony Khan

AEW President Tony Khan shared an important announcement on social media regarding Hurricane Ian and the safety of his employees.

Hurricane Ian is projected to be one of the worst storms the state of Florida has ever seen. According to the National Weather Service, it is expected to be a major hurricane by the middle of the week, carrying the risk of a life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall. It is expected to hit the west coast and Panhandle regions of Florida first and will spread throughout the rest of the state.

Many Florida residents have already been forced to evacuate their homes, with others being urged to do so in the face of incredible risk from the storm.

While the September 28th tapings of AEW Dynamite and Rampage will take place in Philadelphia, PA, there are a number of AEW stars and their families who live in Florida and are either in the direct path of the storm or in the surrounding affected areas. Anticipating that travel could be dangerous for his performers and crew members, AEW President Tony Khan took to social media on Monday night and announced that anyone affected may choose to stay home without consequence.

“For everyone in @AEW, in case you missed our email, anyone worried about Hurricane Ian affecting your travel or home or your family life, it’s voluntary to come to tv this week. Anyone affected by the hurricane can take care of business at home, & we hope to see you all next week”

While many praised the AEW President for taking the safety of his employees seriously, others were critical of the move to post the information on social media in addition to sending an internal email. Nightmare Factory trainer QT Marshall was quick to defend his boss, saying that he missed the company email but was grateful to find the information posted on Twitter for ease of access and visibility.

“Funny story. I didn’t check my emails after training tonight & had numerous texts from talents asking if they could stay home. I texted Tony to see … Then I saw this!”

Inside the Ropes hopes that all our readers affected by Hurricane Ian stay safe. Storm and safety information is being updated regularly on the NOAA website.