AEW Dynamite made its debut in October 2019 and since then has worked hard to provide an alternate product to what fans see in WWE. For the most part, they have succeeded, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Now it seems Tony Khan recently made a bold claim regarding AEW.
AEW has all the momentum in the world right now thanks to the debut of CM Punk and imminent debut of Daniel Bryan to the company. Punk’s return helped bring back more fans to the product as well.
While speaking during an episode of Le Batard and Friends – South Beach Sessions, AEW President Tony Khan talked about AEW’s growth and impact on the pro wrestling world. Khan claimed that AEW’s launch made pro wrestling hotter.
“A lot of people in the world of wrestling have become household names in any wrestling fans’ house, and that was not the case for a lot of these people in 2018 – 2019.
“The wrestling business has gotten hotter as a result of the launch of AEW, and I think a lot of the stuff I said in year one was validated through the way we carried ourselves on the launch of Dynamite and through the pandemic. I tried to do the right things by a lot of people through the pandemic, whether it was not executing mass layoffs and letting all my people go when we lost all the ticket revenue, and I ate those costs personally and then you look at what we did in terms of AEW Elevation and before that AEW Dark, those shows on YouTube through the summer was the home of so many independent wrestlers. And when independent wrestling was shut down, the only paying gig was Dark, and it was the best of both worlds because it was a chance to go out and make some money and have a chance to get the exposure on the internet for hundreds of 1000s of people on YouTube.
We will have to wait and see how AEW will continue to grow as a Pro Wrestling company as the entire.
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h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.