AEW President Tony Khan is known for a lot of things as of late – which includes going off on people on Twitter. MMA Sports journalist Ariel Helwani was the most recent subject of Khan’s scorn, calling the journalist a fraud. Now it seems Helwani has fired back at what Khan said.

On the February 17th episode of Friday Night Smackdown, Ariel Helwani, a Montreal, Canada native, made an appearance in his hometown, which coincidentally is also the hometown of Sami Zayn. This appearance came just before Zayn’s upcoming challenge against Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at Elimination Chamber, also taking place in Montreal.

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Tony Khan was quite irate after Helwani’s appearance, which led to Khan calling Helwani “a fraud” and then grouping him in the same category as Tony Schiavone as legitimate reporter.


Tony Khan’s comments did not go unnoticed by Ariel Helwani, who fired back at the AEW President by mocking him in a huge way. Khan would then point out how Helwani is not an unbiased journalist.

Thanks for watching, old friend! Can’t wait for our next chat.

(Also, don’t listen to the snowman, Schiavone. You’re a legend in my books.)

A few months back, Khan was interviewed by Helwani on his show, but Khan dodged several of Helwani’s questions, leading Helwani to express his frustration about the interview on the following day’s episode. Helwani went on to describe it as one of his most frustrating interviews to date. We’ll have to see if the two will patch things up in the future.

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