AEW has certainly come a long way after its inception back in 2019. They have strived to provide an alternative to WWE and succeeded in it for the most part. That being said, All Out had some competition over the weekend.
For the majority of their time in existence, AEW has been criticized for taking shots at WWE and constantly talking about it. After All Out concluded, it seems the company still can’t stop talking about WWE.
During a media scrum after the pay-per-view, AEW President Tony Khan went on a tirade against WWE competition against All Out. He got to this by mentioning that this year’s All Out will be the first time an AEW pay-per-view will do fewer buys than the previous year’s event. This is largely thanks to WWE putting Clash at the Castle and Worlds Collide on the same weekend, a move that was not an accident in TK’s eyes.
“There’s a big difference between this year and last year. We were the first professional wrestling show and only professional wrestling show on Labor Day weekend last year, and this year we were the third professional wrestling show. I don’t think that’s a coincidence and when I talk about things I wasn’t thrilled about, I was surprised that we were the third professional wrestling show this weekend. It’s a bit more challenging in the marketplace when it becomes a bit more crowded, so our performance, given prior years, we never had this kind of competition.”
“I don’t know if this is the kind of competition that we’ll see from now on. If it is, when the fight if brought, I will continue bringing fights of my own and I have unique ways to do that and a lot of money to fight with. This is not a game to me. This is my life and I don’t think it’s a joke and I take it very seriously, so I am very happy with the numbers we did given the competition we had.”
Tony Khan wasn’t done there. Later on, he circled back around to make sure fans know exactly how upset he is.
“When I compared myself to Jim Crockett Promotions this weekend I believe I got a taste of the same medicine that Jim Crocket Promotions did, but I have a lot more f*cking money than Jim Crockett Promotions did, and I’m serious I’m not going to sit back and take this f*cking sh*t”
AEW All Out was a huge success in many ways. Perhaps there will be a time when AEW will be actual competition to WWE. Tony Khan is certainly confident about his chances.
What’s your take on WWE competition to AEW over Labor Day weekend? Sound off in the comments!