Tony Khan has responded to calls from some within professional wrestling for AEW media scrums to be scrapped.
The principle behind AEW media scrums, especially those taking place after major events is simple. Following their latest big victory or crushing defeat, wrestlers have a chance to address the media and fans to get their feelings across and reflect on the night’s events.
The scrums give the wrestlers opportunity to present a more human side to themselves, and give fans a glimpse into the person behind the character that they see on television. AEW President Tony Khan is also present and also addresses the media, commenting on the latest event, news and plans for the future.
However, these AEW press events have also come in for criticism. Some within wrestling have claimed that the questioning is far too ‘safe’ while the last scrum following All Out went completely off the rails as CM Punk took aim at a number of high profile AEW figures. His comments sparked a brawl backstage and the ramifications are still being felt even weeks later.
Speaking during an interview with Barstool Rasslin’ ahead of Dynamite Grand Slam, Khan said that the events have provided many positives.
“Well I think to be fair we have had a lot of positive things, a lot of positive reactions. It is a great opportunity for the talent to get out and speak. Obviously there are a lot of positives coming out of them, for example tonight on Dynamite we have the World Tag Team Champions Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland defending the titles against The Acclaimed.
It was actually at our last pay-per-view, the All Out media scrum that we had that conversation. I said to Keith and Swerve that that was one of the best matches that we have ever had. The Acclaimed are the winningest match in all of AEW, and if anyone deserves a rematch it is those guys.”
As the aftermath from All Out continues it has been reported that CM Punk may never return to AEW. It has been claimed that a contract buyout could soon be on the table, ending the agreement between the two sides.
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