AEW President Tony Khan has been forced to make some tough calls already, as he founded the company as a way to provide a proper alternative to WWE. Three years into his venture, Khan has managed to draw the ire of many fans for a multitude of reasons. Being a President, he has the unenviable task of balancing transparency with fans as well as privacy.

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For many years now, WWE has angered fans with a lot of false promises and bait and switching when it comes to booking fan-favorites in the company. So far, AEW has not done anything of that sort, for the most part.

While speaking during the post-AEW Full Gear press conference, Tony Khan talked about maintaining a balance between transparency and privacy regarding giving fans information about AEW. This is especially a problem when disclosing injuries and the status of suspended stars. Khan stated that he is phobic about bait and switching fans, so this is a tricky balance.


It’s tricky, man, it’s a subjective thing, because I think the fans want that transparency, and to some extent, I think we offer a lot of transparency into what AEW does, so then for various reasons, whether it’s the quality of the show, legal reasons, and everything in between, I know those are at the other end of the spectrum, but everything in between, it’s subjective.

I try to give people good insight. I think the most important transparency is false advertising, and I think there’s a lot of that in wrestling, and I really try to avoid that in AEW. I try not to promote matches or build up a match if it’s not going to happen. If someone is just gonna run in and stop it from happening.

Once in a blue moon, I think that’s okay as long as you don’t gain a reputation of bait and switch, but we really almost never do it. The rule of thumb, I’m almost phobic about that sort of stuff. There’s a variety of reasons why you say the things you do or don’t say on screen.

Tony Khan will continue to be honest and upfront about what goes in AEW, for the most part, and that’s what matters now. Full Gear was a true success, and now it remains to be seen what Khan has planned next. Keep checking back here at Ringside News for all the information you need to know.

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