The recent booking of Jinder Mahal on WWE’s Monday Night Raw has sparked discussions within the wrestling community, and it has even drawn the attention of AEW President Tony Khan. While Khan expressed his opinion on the matter, one AEW star, Dustin Rhodes, is hoping for less division among wrestling fans regarding such issues.
In this week’s Raw episode, Jinder Mahal confronted World Heavyweight Champion Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins, leading to a brawl. Subsequently, it was confirmed that a title match between the two would take place on the next episode of Raw.
Tony Khan, not one to shy away from expressing his thoughts on social media, criticized the use of Jinder Mahal and made comments about the USA Network and Eric Bischoff in relation to this situation. Jinder Mahal responded with question regarding FTW Champion Hook, though this post has since been deleted.
Dustin Rhodes, an AEW star, weighed in on the ongoing discussion but did not directly address Khan’s comments or the various responses. Instead, he called on wrestling fans to simply enjoy the sport and to “lighten up on the tribalism.”
It’s worth noting that Tony Khan has been known to make strong statements on social media in the past, particularly during the competition between AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT in October. During that time, Khan took shots at WWE and even referred to Triple H and Shawn Michaels in a certain way. However, despite the rhetoric, NXT performed well in the ratings during their head-to-head clashes, while AEW Dynamite experienced a dip in its viewership.
What are your thoughts on the recent interactions between WWE and AEW talent, such as Jinder Mahal’s appearance on Raw and Tony Khan’s comments? Let us know in the comments.