AEW President Tony Khan loves the professional wrestling business and his passion for the industry can not be doubted. Be that as it may, Tony Khan still has the habit of singing more talent than AEW really needs. It seems he tried to sign a Canadian basketball star as well in the past.

Canadian basketball player Liam McMorrow saw a brief stint in the NBA before moving elsewhere. Diamond Dallas Page was responsible for getting McMorrow into the pro wrestling world, which led to talks between him and Tony Khan.

While speaking on ‘Vegas Bad Boyz Of Podcasting’, McMorrow revealed that Tony Khan agreed to a verbal contract with him. However, visa issues ultimately stopped him from signing with AEW.

“So I’m at this first day of taping. I’m backstage, it’s like an awkward thing because I’m like, everyone’s working. I’m this guy that’s just walking around and I’m watching but it’s a long day of tapings dude.


It’s not like I’m there for a few hours. I’m there for 12 hours and I don’t wanna skip out early because I really need to be here and talk to Tony [Khan] so first day, I don’t even talk to him.

I see him buzzing around backstage, but it’s not really a thing where I can grab him and be like, ‘Hey, I’m supposed to be here to talk to you.’ It was just like, everyone’s f*cking busy.

They’re shooting, they’re filming. They did AEW Dark, they did Dynamite maybe. The next day, I talk to Tony and it felt like a super fast transition.

Imagine this conversation. He’s like, ‘I talked to your agent, love your look, saw you all day yesterday, you look great, the guys love you.’ He’s like, ‘I heard you’re from Toronto. My dad owns The Ritz-Carlton there. Have you ever been there?’

I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been there for a wedding or something. Yeah, it’s awesome.’ ‘Well, it’s a yes for me. Get your agent to work out the numbers and I’ll see you soon…’ So, agent works out the numbers, I’m cool with everything.

I’m like, ‘Man, what a smooth transition from playing, sitting home while being depressed. Getting this call, driving to Atlanta. Two days of TV taping and now I have a job.

I’m like, this is crazy but what I’m not thinking about is that I’m Canadian and I’m not able to work but I was thinking in my mind because every time I’ve had an experience with an NBA Summer League team or playing in development league, they get the visas like this.

They pay lawyers, they do it all day. There’s a ton of international guys. You get it within hours. So I’m like, oh, it’s gonna be the same thing.

They use all the Jacksonville Jaguars legal team to do all their legal so I don’t know if they still do that but that was a year and some change ago. So I’m going back and forth with them and they’re like, ‘There’s not enough here to get this visa.”

AEW already has former NBA star Satnam Singh, who is paired alongside Sonjay Dutt, Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal on AEW television. Regardless, perhaps fans might get to see McMorrow in an AEW ring somewhere down the line.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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