AEW President Tony Khan revealed that he’s recently been in contact with WWE about a number of projects.
While AEW and WWE may no longer be head-to-head rivals, AEW has arguably brought the most competition to WWE since the days of the Monday Night War. It may come as somewhat of a surprise, then, to learn that the companies are open to working together if the project is right.
Speaking in a recent interview on My Mom’s Basement with Robbie Fox, AEW President Tony Khan revealed that WWE has been in touch with him recently about using some AEW-contracted performers for WWE-produced projects, and he was pleased with their interactions.
“I heard from them recently. They were doing a lot of biographies and they wanted to use some of the people here and I think that’s the thing, it’s probably going to come out sooner or later in interviews, or they want to interview some of the people that wrestle here that used to wrestle there, and some people that have had a history in [promotions with] the other libraries that they own.
So we’ll see, you know, I think — I’m open to talking. I heard from them and they were very nice.”
Upcoming projects wouldn’t be the first time that an AEW performer has appeared in a WWE production as former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho appeared on the Broken Skull Sessions with Stone Cold Steve Austin in April of 2021. Tony Khan noted that he was more than happy to agree to this arrangement since he has faith in both Steve Austin and Chris Jericho.
“We’ve heard from [WWE] a couple of other times. We did the thing last year — Chris Jericho did the thing with Steve Austin. That made sense to me because of Steve. I trust Steve and Chris completely. Steve’s a friend of mine.”
Tony Khan added that he’s considering future collaboration as long as everything is handled in a similar way to the Broken Skull Sessions agreement, and that while he hasn’t spoken with Vince McMahon himself, he’s open to future agreements.
“As long as everything’s classy, and this, the way they approached me was very classy. So I have nothing bad to say about that. I don’t know if we’ll see that competition head-to-head, but I am considering some of these requests on some of these biographies. It was actually a very nice call I received the other day, but I’ve never actually talked to Vince himself.”
Former AEW Champion Kenny Omega spoke with TalkSport’s Alex McCarthy earlier this year about the possibility of AEW and WWE being able to work together.
Tony Khan has received plenty of praise for the way he’s handled business as AEW President, and surprisingly Jim Cornette (who has been critical of some of AEW’s performers) named Khan as booker of the year on a recent episode of the Jim Cornette Experience.
h/t Fightful for the transcription