Tony Khan had originally planned for Thunder Rosa to drop the AEW Women’s Championship to Toni Storm at All Out, but an unforeseen scenario forced a change of plans. Thunder Rosa got injured and relinquished her title last week on Dynamite.
AEW booked a fatal four-way match between Storm, Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter and Hikaru Shida to determine the new Women’s Champion at All Out. Rosa explained the extent of her injury in a video that was posted on social media, prompting many fans to criticize AEW for the way they treated their Women’s Champion.
Fans also compared Rosa’s injury to CM Punk’s and dragged AEW for giving television time to Punk to explain his foot injury, while La Mera Mera was given social media as the platform to give an update on her future. Khan was on All Out media call on Thursday and provided his reason for the way he handled Punk and Rosa’s injury announcement.
“I strongly disagree with that. I very strongly disagree with that. I give the TV time based on what I believe is going to draw the most ratings. If you want my honest opinion on an eight-minute Thunder Rosa promo versus an eight-minute CM Punk promo, then you’re gonna get an honest answer.
“I think the eight-minute CM Punk promo is gonna do better rating. Now as far as match length, I think Thunder Rosa has had some great matches as champion. And to come out and do a wide eight-minute promo, I am not sure that would’ve been good for the television show – to be honest with you.
“And especially given where we are at with Thunder Rosa, I found out she was injured a few hours before live television show. I don’t really have time to put an eight-minute promo when I have just a couple of hours’ notice versus CM Punk who I knew days earlier was pretty badly hurt.”
Transcription by Ringside News
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