The latter half of 2022 has been difficult for AEW president Tony Khan, with his company garnering as many headlines for backstage issues amongst talents as it has for its on-screen product.
The infamous post-All Out brawl between CM Punk, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks remains one of the most newsworthy events of the year, but backstage altercations involving the likes of Sammy Guevara, Eddie Kingston and Andrade El Idolo have also seen issues that should remain private in AEW become public knowledge.
“Apparently, It’s Easier To Get Booked On The Big Shows If You Stay Up All Night With Tony Khan” – Jim Cornette
Speaking on his ‘Jim Cornette Experience’ podcast, the legendary wrestling manager weighed in on AEW’s dirty laundry being aired in public since the All Out incident:
“So now what’s happening over there is that since the flood gates have been opened, and everybody has just decided they can air their dirty laundry in public as far as who gets along in the locker room and who doesn’t. And it’s now pretty much an established fact from reports from first person accounts from talent both there and that have departed. Apparently, it’s easier to get booked on the big shows if you stay up all night with Tony Khan and do some of his drugs.”
There have been multiple reports of AEW talents getting more opportunities due to their relationships with Tony Khan and other high-ranking officials in the company.
Following AEW Full Gear, an online exchange between Jungle Boy and Colten Gunn of the Gunn Club seemed to suggest that Jack Perry’s spot on the roster is due to his friendship with the AEW President and The Young Bucks.
While speaking on these rumours , Jim Cornette said:
“These are the comments that have been made by people. Remember Big Swole said Tony Khan fired me after he smoke my weed, I thought we were friends. And now here is the [thing], and I love The Gunn Boys, you know I do, but here’s the preliminary guys at this point coming out and said Well, yeah, you know, if you stay up all night with the boss and dress in the buckaroos locker room, you’ll get booked on a pay-per-view. That’s why we’re sitting home. That’s why FTR is in Mexico or somewhere.”
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