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Matt Hardy Explains The Differences Between Vince McMahon And Tony Khan

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AEW star Matt Hardy has commented on the differences he finds between his current boss Tony Khan and his former employer, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

Hardy spent many years in various spells plying his trade in WWE with Vince McMahon at the helm. With brother Jeff alongside Edge, Christian, and The Dudley Boyz, Matt Hardy helped reinvent tag team wrestling as well as innovate the beloved TLC match.

Matt Hardy left WWE most recently in March 2020 when his contract expired. He soon debuted in AEW and joined The Elite in their ongoing battle with Inner Circle which led to the first-ever Stadium Stampede match.

Speaking to EssentiallySports on a variety of topics, Hardy discussed the differences he finds between AEW and WWE and says it all starts at the top:

“I think AEW is very special because the mentality AEW uses, starting from Tony Khan all the way down, is really just ‘come in, do your job, work hard, be part of the team and let’s make this product as good as possible.”

“They don’t really try and force people into a hierarchy, they don’t try and reign by fear. And everyone is allowed to feel comfortable. If you have an issue, you can talk to anyone. Tony Khan is so accessible. If you need to address Tony Khan, then you can speak to him, where at WWE it’s quite the opposite with Vince.”

“Vince is very hard to be able to speak with. And Tony, I just feel like Tony has the current mindset of the wrestling fan in 2021. So he can kind of make that come alive through his wrestlers and the way he puts together and books shows. It’s just such a comfortable family environment where everyone feels like if you need to speak out if you need to address something, you can. Everyone is comfortable in AEW, and it really does feel like a really big family.”

Although both have their different approaches, Matt Hardy then discussed the similarities between two men driven to be at the top of their field, although he believes Khan’s fandom of pro wrestling makes him more passionate as a boss:

“They’re both ridiculously hard workers. There’s no doubt about that. Vince works his ass off. No one can ever take that away from him. Tony does as well. And on top of also running AEW, Tony has so many other responsibilities. He has stuff to do with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, he has Fulham, the football team over in the UK. He has a lot of stuff going on. But he is so passionate about pro wrestling, and you can tell. At his core, he’s a pro wrestling fan.”

“I think that translates helping him be more passionate as a boss or as a booker. And I feel that it allows him to do an even better job. I feel like he’s very thorough. And he also really respects the AEW wrestling fans, and he does everything he can to not insult their intelligence. If they’re going to invest their time in watching weeks of a story, he’s going to make sure to reward them by giving them a big payoff to the story as well.”

h/t Wrestling Inc.