Nick Khan is one of the most polarizing figures in the world of sports and entertainment. Khan joined WWE as its president and chief revenue officer during the height of the pandemic and has overseen numerous successful partnerships.
As Vince McMahon’s right hand man, Khan has often been the target of widespread criticism due to him approving WWE’s massive budget cuts that have seen the departure of some of the top stars from the company.
The former practicing attorney appeared on The Town podcast to promote the upcoming WrestleMania PPV event. Khan talked about WWE’s relationship with its talent and called it a meritocracy where everyone can make it to the top, provided they capitalize on the opportunities.
“Number one, everyone is treated humanly and everyone deserves to be treated that way. There are analogies with our company and other companies. Was Shaq treated better than any player on the team other than Kobe? Of course. That’s the way it is.
“Will Smith wasn’t grabbed and escorted out of the room (after slapping Chris Rock). Part of it was, people didn’t know what to do because they haven’t experienced it before, but part of it is that he’s Will Smith. Tough to have security grab him and toss him out of the building.
“It’s the same way with us. It’s a meritocracy. If you’re at the top of the card, maybe you have a bigger dressing room than the person at the bottom of the card, but everyone has the same opportunity to earn their way there. You’ve seen people that are not stars…..”
Khan is the most obvious choice to replace Vince McMahon as the be-all, end-all of WWE. The chairman of the board will continue to see to the company affairs as long as his body and more importantly his genius mind allows him to.
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