AEW has their fair share of critics, and Tony Khan says he has proof that they are paid actors and bots. He also alluded to where that coordinated effort might be coming from. He might have wanted to look toward Joey Janela.

Tony Khan put out another tweet for the internet to have a field day with. The AEW head honcho claimed AEW haters are paid trolls and robots. Khan cited an “independent study” as the source behind his claim.

An independent study has confirmed that much of the staunch anti-AEW online community aren’t real individuals, it’s a staff running thousands of accounts + an army of bots to signal boost them. Look closely, these aren’t real people. Who’d pay for such a *wildly* expensive thing?

GCW star Joey Janela took to Twitter Friday (April 8) to share his two cents on Khan’s tweet. Janela tweeted a classic Vince McMahon line from an iconic segment the WWE chairman had during the Attitude Era.


Tony Khan later spoke for clarification on his tweet. The AEW president provided more examples to illustrate what he said his expert confirmed during their investigation.

“Waiting for final study but here’s what my expert confirmed. It’s people with real live accounts making posts and then using their bots to manipulate the social channel algorithm by backing them up with engagement from a made-up Twitter identity.

“Social media teams will often fight on this. Bots are great for numbers and when they’re gone, you’ll see a dip in digital conversation impressions – both those were either negative sentiment or not real anyway.”

It is not known whether this independent study has any merit or not, as it is certainly a very interesting claim made by Tony Khan. We’ll have to see what’s next in this situation, but let’s hope he releases the full report from said “independent study.”

We’ll have to see where this goes next. We’ll keep you fellow bots up to date with more information as soon as we know it right here at Ringside News!

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Manik Aftab

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