WWE is in the middle of a ten-year deal with Saudi Arabia, one that is still surrounded by controversy. Tony Khan has heard some fans make comparisons to WWE and his own father’s business investments in Saudi Arabia and he had to speak out about it.

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During the media scrum after AEW Full Gear, Tony Khan broke his silence on a subject he has kept to himself for a while. He opened up about how much he doesn’t appreciate critics making comparisons to WWE’s business dealings and his own father’s with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“I’ve been wanting to say something for a long time, I’m just going to say it. I’ve never brought this up, but I see people say stuff online, and me bringing this up will probably make it worse – but I’m gonna say it anyway. My dad bought Four Seasons from a Saudi person (Kingdom Holding Company) five years ago, and that is the beginning and the end of it.”

“It is very much an apples and oranges thing – when you compare the ongoing business relationship (between WWE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) to what my dad did, which was purchasing a property from an individual, not the government.”

“But I see people say stuff like, ‘oh, Shad Khan does business with Saudi Arabia.’ That’s bullsh*t. I’ve seen people bring this up online for years, and they are wrong. My dad is not involved in ongoing businesses, he just bought the hotel years ago. It’s very different to what’s going on with that part of the world (with WWE).”

WWE has a deal with Saudi Arabia, but AEW does not. Shad Khan’s business in Saudi Arabia is also not an ongoing deal. That is an important thing to note in this situation. We’ll have to see what’s next and if critics back off this subject after Tony Khan took it on in this fashion.

Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote

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