Tony Khan has discussed some of the things he feels like he under-utilises in All Elite Wrestling, saying that as a booker he likes conclusive finishes to matches.
AEW President Khan has overseen the rise and rise of his company over the past two years as he sought to give wrestling fans more of what they love. One thing AEW has shied away from using too much is disqualifications and count-outs.
While the company is criticised in some quarters for their stars not always strictly following established wrestling rules, Khan says he believes more in conclusive finishes rather than relying on disqualifications.
Speaking on The Way Of The Blade podcast, Khan shared his thoughts on using count-outs and disqualifications and says there is probably a happy medium to be found.
Tony Khan explained:
“Count-out finishes aren’t always popular. For me as a promoter, you can count on one hand the number of count-out and disqualification finishes that I’ve done. I really like doing conclusive finishes, but I definitely think a count-out is a much more conclusive finish than a disqualification. Sometimes, there’s a storyline reason for both, but ultimately, it often feels unsatisfying.”
“I will not let people off the hook for this. I feel like half the matches on the show are like a disqualification and it’s been that way my whole life [with] multiple promotions on television. Really, the competitive promotions on television. Such a large percentage of their matches ended in a disqualification. I found it very unsatisfying. Instead, you watch ECW or All-Japan, and there are a lot more finishes and maybe the happy medium is [something like] Smoky Mountain [Wrestling] which was a very well booked promotion.”
“I have no problem with doing it. Sometimes, I probably underdo them [to the point] where you never see them but when we do them, they really do make sense.”
The company has used time limit draws as an outcome to matches with the first of those coming when Darby Allin went the distance with Cody Rhodes at Fyter Fest in 2019.