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Tony Khan Explains Why He Took Over AEW Creative In 2020

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Tony Khan has given his reasons on why he had to take total control of AEW going forward in 2020 saying “there were a lot of cooks in one show.”

Reports recently surfaced in the wrestling media that the four AEW EVPs – Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, and Cody Rhodes – had lost some power in regards to their roles in the company. AEW President Tony Khan hit out at this saying he has had overall sole control of the creative direction of the company since the beginning of 2020.

Speaking on Moose & Maggie on WFAN Khan explained why he felt he needed to be more hands on with the company as a whole:

“Yeah, I have been. I saw that came out recently. It’s true that I am booking and writing everything by hand, but that the fact is each kind of program I’m very hands on but I also am great at working with people.”

“I just work with a ton of people. So that means having personal relationships with maybe 100 or more people in the company, but that’s a good thing, and in the pandemic, you’ve learned how to keep in contact virtually more than ever.”

“It’s allowed me to get my hands around it, but even before the pandemic, really before that, it was at the beginning of 2020, really at the end of 2019. I told myself going into the new year, I’m just gonna do everything by hand, because at first, coming in, I was timing everything.”

“And I would keep track of times, and we had a great group of people. I still do have a great group of people, but I just needed to probably take more ownership of what I was doing because at the end of the day, there were a lot of cooks in one show.”

Tony Khan went on to say he still wants people to chip in their ideas and that the reports that suggested the EVPs had been frozen out recently were misleading:

“It’s just hard because I still want to get everyone’s ideas, but you have to organize everything into one show, and that’s why I still love working with everyone. But I just thought it was a little misleading because somebody just reported that recently, but it’s really been that way since about 2020 and things got really hot around then too.”

“So I think it’s been good for our business because I’m very organized and meticulous about how AEW’s structured, what matches go on, and I make sure we have a lot of time for the wrestling and have great matches.”

h/t Wrestling Inc. for the transcription