Tony Khan stopped by this week’s “Swerve City Podcast” to discuss the size of AEW’s roster, the role fans play in growing the company, and his thoughts on Tay Conti and The Acclaimed.
Khan was asked if it’s difficult to manage a large roster like the one AEW has:
“I think a great thing is that right now we have so many big stars and there’s only three hours of television on AEW. So it’s challenging, but I think we use other great outlets at our disposal like AEW Dark and AEW Elevation, which are great shows,” he said.
“We’ve seen a lot of great wrestlers come to television and they started out on AEW Dark and they weren’t in standout winning positions. We’ve seen people like Max Caster, Will Hobbs, and actually Max Caster and Anthony Bowens work separately on Dark and then end up coming together as a team and with other people as well. It has helped us improve our women’s division. I think a lot of really quality people started wrestling there and got a lot of good reps, and now they’ve become really solid TV wrestlers for us.”
“So AEW Dark and Elevation have given us an outlet to grow. But really, with three hours of television and so many big stars on this list, it’s a challenge,” Khan said.
Tony said that he feels fans need to believe in the company for it to be successful:
“When creating AEW, one thing that I really believe in, and it was part of my business plan for AEW, is that as a wrestling fan, you really need to not only believe in the star wrestlers, the most important thing in the whole great wrestling and the great wrestlers you’re going to get from the company, but you have to believe in the company that you have a chance, that’s a legitimate big thing like all over the world.”
Tony gave his opinion on the following talent:
“When he came in, he was great. I thought when he was in NXT, he seemed like someone who had a lot of potential,” Tony said.
“But she didn’t get that far in NXT. She really she never got all that TV time. Since she came to AEW, she has had great matches. Obviously the presentation of her has changed and changed, and she now continues to evolve with Sammy. They’ve really found something special on and off screen, honestly, and I’m really happy for them. I was really happy for them, so maybe I misunderstood how happy the fans would be for them (laughs). So I think I’ve corrected that of course. I like Sammy. I like Tai. The fans like Sammy. The fans like Tay. I like Sammy and Tay together. The fans don’t, and that’s where we differentiate ourselves. So that’s what I’ve come to accept.”
About the acclaimed:
“Max didn’t do the rap. I saw Max doing the rap on Twitter and he didn’t do it as a cue, but it was clearly what he should do as a cue every time. It was amazing. Max has something so good that Anthony is one of the most improved fighters in the world. He is out with a knee injury. They were on fire. They all wanted to lock themselves in with him and see if it was true.”
You can watch Tony Khan’s full conversation with Swerve below.