AEW matches have a common theme in a lot of cases. It is nothing out of the ordinary to see a big run-in interrupt the match going on in the ring. That is something that many fans have commented on, because the company never declares a disqualification finish. This fact is not lost on Tony Khan.

While speaking to The Way of the Blade podcast, Khan admitted that he underutilizes disqualification and count-out finishes. He said that count-out finishes aren’t very popular, and as a promoter he can honestly count on one hand the number of times an AEW match has ended in such a fashion. TK also discussed how fans won’t “let him off the hook” about this either.

“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 could 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] was a very well booked promotion.”

He went on to say that “I have no problem with doing it. Sometimes, I probably underdo them [to the point] where you never see them.” We’ll have to see if AEW starts ending matches in a DQ or count-out. It could certainly open up a lot of possibilities. It might also cause confusion within the fan base, because AEW will likely to continue big run-ins during match climaxes without a DQ getting called.

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Tags: Tony Khan
Felix Upton

Felix Upton has been writing professionally since 1989. His first writing job was penning advertisements for local newspapers around New York. After selling his grandfather’s pinball repair shop back in 2017, he was hired on for publish news for Ringside News.

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