Despite there being new leadership following Vince McMahon’s retirement, Tony Khan doesn’t believe any significant WWE changes are on the horizon.
With news of McMahon’s retirement and Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque taking over creative responsibilities, many fans wondered whether this week’s edition of Monday Night Raw would see major changes. However, it was reported that the most recent episode was written before McMahon announced his retirement on Friday.
Despite no significant changes, fans are hopeful that the WWE product will resemble NXT’s black-and-gold era under Triple H, however, one person who believes such a massive shift won’t come anytime soon is AEW President Tony Khan.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Khan discussed whether fans could see talent who left WWE over the past couple of years possibly make their return now that Triple H is in charge. While Khan does acknowledge the new regimen, he doesn’t feel ex-WWE talent will suddenly have a change of heart:
“There are a lot of changes in pro wrestling. I think it’s going to be really positive for the fans overall. I am a little amused that changes in the competition, people think it’s going to magically change the landscape. Some of these accounts, Twitter can be a fun place to follow, but some of the narratives I’ve seen every day for the last week are really amusing to me.
I’ve got people signed here for five years and people think that just because the CEO, Chairman, head of creative, those people changed in the competition, people I have five-year contracts with are going to magically switch teams? Good luck with that. Adam Cole is signed until 2027 now. I wouldn’t expect to see him going anywhere anytime soon. Malakai Black has almost five years left on his deal. I wouldn’t expect him going anywhere anytime soon.
Just because these guys had some success under a previous administration somewhere else, they’re not magically going to be going anywhere. Those are two people I like, just as examples of people who have worked under the previous administration. I’m very amused by that. That’s a narrative I see so-called wrestling writers pushing every day. It’s pretty amusing.”
There is one hint that Triple H is changing up the current WWE product, with it being confirmed that Riddle and Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins’ match at SummerSlam has now been postponed. It’s believed that “creative adjustments” were the reason for the change.