AEW President Tony Khan has claimed that he had a “good reputation” for honesty as he hits back at criticism over recent comments about anti-AEW bots.
On April 8th Tony Khan took to social media to claim that much of the criticism aimed at AEW online came from an “army of bots” and not real people. Khan followed up by explaining that his claims were actually rooted in statistical fact and an independent study could prove as such.
However, the AEW boss was roundly criticised and mocked online for the comments, with Becky Lynch posting her own parody tweet just hours later. Meanwhile, Booker T questioned whether Khan had “lost his mind” and was unable to deal with genuine critique.
Speaking in a new interview with Scott Fishman of TV Insider, Khan doubled down on his earlier comments on social media. Furthermore, he backed his claims by adding that he had a “good reputation with honesty” in professional wrestling.
“What I’ve seen was a lot of anti-AEW accounts that are really focused on the things they don’t like. A lot of those are legitimate things. Some of those points I’m trying to address. Some of them I don’t agree with, but the point is a lot of these are the same people.
There are a handful of accounts that are being run by a few people running a lot of accounts. Those are real people. A lot of their engagement, their retweets, likes, people responding, and signal boosting for what they are saying, those are bots. You got a network of a few people with a lot of identities powered by a bunch of bots.
I’m not making this up. I have hired IT experts that put together a much more sophisticated explanation than I’m capable of giving. It’s a real thing, or I wouldn’t have brought it up. I have a pretty good reputation in this business for honesty,”
On the April 20th edition of Dynamite, it was announced that AEW will be teaming with New Japan Pro Wrestling to hold a super-show on June 26th titled Forbidden Door.
After the show went off the air, Khan also provided a huge update on the upcoming AEW console video game.