AEW President Tony Khan has opened up about who he believes he has learned the most from about the wrestling business.
Khan was speaking immediately after a blockbuster AEW All Out had ended with the debuts of Bryan Danielson, formerly Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole. The show also saw the in-ring return of CM Punk after more than seven years away as well as the debut of Ruby Soho. The stacked event also featured Minoru Suzuki crashing through the forbidden door to challenge Jon Moxley.
During the media scrum following the show, Khan discussed AEW being ‘Pro Wrestling,’ before giving a nod to someone he says he has learned a lot from. While not naming Jim Cornette, Khan used a phrase from the legendary manager turned podcaster, before saying he had learned most about the wrestling business from him.
“As somebody I look up to said, wrestling fans watch the wrestling programme to see the wrestlers wrestle. And even if I don’t always follow everything he says, or haven’t always made him happy, that is probably the person I’ve learned the most about the wrestling business from. I don’t think he would probably take a lot of credit for me as his protégé, but the fact is he’s right about that.”
Jim Cornette, who worked with WWE for a number of years has previously been critical of their insistence that they are ‘Sports Entertainment’ rather than ‘Pro Wrestling.’ The podcaster has also been critical of AEW and Tony Khan but recently praised the AEW President for his tribute to Bobby Eaton.
Meanwhile, Cornette also lauded AEW’s handling of CM Punk’s debut on Rampage calling it “perfect.”
H/t to Wrestle Talk for the transcription.