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Tony Khan Discusses Last-Minute World Title Plan Changes

Tony Khan

AEW President Tony Khan has discussed the risks he had to take when plans for the AEW Title changed with Adam Page taking time off when he became a father.

Back in the summer of 2021, it looked to be a sure thing that the ongoing battle between The Elite and The Dark Order was going to lead to an AEW World Championship match between Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page at All Out. However, with Page about to become a father for the first time, those plans soon had to change.

Instead, Page stepped away from AEW television for a spell, leaving Omega to face the challenge of Christian Cage at All Out, a challenge that The Best Bout Machine was able to overcome as he held on to his title.

Speaking exclusively to Kenny McIntosh for issue 17 of the Inside The Ropes magazine, Tony Khan has detailed what went into changing the company’s plan for their world championship:

“It was good. It’s a challenge, and it was a risk in some ways. But in other ways, it was absolutely the right thing to do. When he said he wanted to take time off to be with Amanda through the pregnancy and when they started their family together, I was all for it and very supportive. We just had to sit down and make a plan for it, and it was a big challenge, but we were able to get through it.”

“I rolled up my sleeves and tried to think of something that I thought worked out great. We were able to launch Rampage in an exciting way with Kenny vs. Christian Cage. We then had Kenny vs. Christian again in a great All Out main event. Then at the end of the match, we were able to do something that I would not have done if I had done Hangman vs. Kenny at All Out.”

Following Cage’s loss to Omega at All Out, The Elite were standing tall with Cage and his friends in Jurassic Express left sprawled in the ring. The wrestling world was shocked when Adam Cole then made his AEW debut and jaws barely had time to be collected from the floor when Bryan Danielson showed his face in AEW for the first time as well.

Khan continued, saying that things worked out for the best as the two shock debuts meant Hangman Adam Page was returning to a stronger company to finally capture the AEW World Championship at Full Gear:

“I wouldn’t have ended the show the same way that I did—I would have given Hangman the moment to close the show and it would have been different. I’m glad the show worked out the way that it did. On the other hand, to do Hangman vs. Kenny at Full Gear, it worked great, because it allowed me to put focus on some of the new stars that were coming into AEW, and introducing them so that when Hangman came back, it was a stronger company.”

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