One of the more unexpected stories around WWE in 2023, was the news that AEW President Tony Khan was interested in purchasing the company.
When it became clear that the sports entertainment giant was up for sale, Khan was quick to register his interest in “the process” while it was reported that he could also be open to buying his main wrestling rival. It’s believed Khan never came close to actually following through on the deal, but despite this, he kept a keen eye on all things WWE.
During an appearance on Maggie and Perloff, Khan was how far his interest in WWE had gone, and whether he made a formal offer. Khan said that he was unable to comment on specifics, but reiterated that he was interested in a deal.
Looking ahead he suggested that the deal between WWE and Endeavor is a positive for the wrestling business as a whole.
“I can’t speak to that except to say that I was interested. It will also be very interesting to see what happens with that sale. Certainly, in many ways, it’s a big positive to the pro wrestling business and I think the huge attendance numbers and TV and streaming numbers for pro wrestling and the great sales for AEW on pay-per-view and all the big merchandising numbers show that pro wrestling is really back as an industry in many major ways in 2023 and AEW is a big part of the conversation. That’s all been really positive for us,”
Tony Khan Offers “No Comment” On CM Punk
During the same interview, the AEW boss was asked about the rumoured impending return of CM Punk. While there has been no official comment from Punk or AEW it is believed that he will be back with the company for the launch of its new Saturday night show Collision. An announcement on the new show is expected on May 17th.
When asked about Punk, Khan offered no comment and also refused to be drawn when asked about what he had learned from the incident at All Out.
A recent report stated that there are legal issues still very much in play and these have prevented at least one party from apologising.
H/t to Fightful