Tony Khan isn’t afraid to sling shade. Whether he is bragging about having more money than Vince McMahon (he totally does) or taking about AEW’s plans to counterprogram their competition. Khan is on fire recently when it comes to calling people out. Now he’s taking his aim at a different name in pro wrestling ownership.

It seems that a Tony Khan heel turn is coming sooner than later. The young owner of AEW recently threw some major shade at Ted Turner, the billionaire owner of the defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW), saying the grand wrestling promotion would have survived had Turner known about professional wrestling. This all came out in a tweet recently.

“I’ve never met Ted Turner. It’s very possible Ted Turner is smarter than me, but he didn’t know 1% of what I know about professional wrestling or WCW would still be on TNT/TBS.”

Khan also took the opportunity to promote AEW’s latest weekly episodic show Rampage, asking viewers to watch the program live on the TNT cable TV network. He also said that his wrestling promotion “is here to stay,” in an apparent jab at naysayers and AEW critics. Here’s the full tweet:


Ever since launching in 2019, AEW has become the focal point of attention for wrestling fans around the world. The Jacksonville-based wrestling promotion boasts a huge roster including talents like Chris Jericho, current AEW World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, The Young Bucks, current AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker, and many more.

Many have pointed to the similarities between Khan’s wrestling promotion and WCW, and there’s no denying that some of them are pretty accurate, to say the least. AEW runs its weekly shows on TNT and TBS. WCW did the same. AEW has Tony Schiavone as their in-ring interviewer and a play-by-play commentator – the two roles he had while he was in WCW.

AEW also have had wrestlers handle the creative process until Khan decided he’d play by his own rules. The 39-years-old now refers to himself as the President/CEO/GM and Head of Creatives of the nascent wrestling promotion. Turner, on the other hand, wasn’t involved directly with the creative process of WCW.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym. 

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