Tony Khan, the President of AEW, has a deep passion for professional wrestling. This is undeniable. However, not everyone agrees with the way he has been conducting the company’s operations. Khan is also proud of his work in AEW and believes there is a real war between AEW and WWE.

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. Fans are clearly invested in what AEW does as well.

Ever since AEW came into inception, many fans have automatically assumed that there is a legitimate war between AEW and WWE. However, a lot of people have also dismissed there being a proper war between the two companies.

While speaking to The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, Tony Khan discussed the dynamic between AEW and WWE, where Khan stated that he believes there is a real war between AEW and WWE.


The wrestling business is very dirty. I can’t speak to the fight business but certainly, I think it’s more organized than the fight business, as far as there’s two, I think, well-organized promotions competing with each other. Again, I don’t know if these things have happened. I only know what people have come to me and alleged. But, I do know it’s a real war between AEW and WWE and the fans are interested in it and that was part of the original business model of AEW was I knew wrestling fans, frankly, are very interested in wrestling free agency and wrestling wars and I believe we could create a free agent market that is definitely a real thing now and that would be a big part of the story.

I think wrestling fans, at the end of the day, that a lot of what happens in wrestling shows is sometimes story and that’s why people like watching the shows. They like stories and the exciting matches and especially, the combination of the two when the stories lead to exciting matches and vice versa. Now, what’s interesting is the story that is the most real, the most intense and the most hatred in all of pro wrestling is that between the two wrestling promotions. I think we truly, truly hate each other and I think it makes for really exciting TV and it makes for an exciting wrestling war.

Nick Khan also doesn’t think AEW is threat whatsoever. Tony Khan will continue to believe that AEW will be competition to WWE, and perhaps he will be right one day. However, that day is still far from happening right now.

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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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