In a surprising turn of events on Tuesday evening (January 9), AEW President Tony Khan found himself embroiled in social media drama as he defended his booking decisions.

Khan, known for his bizarre remarks on social media, used a recent WWE booking as a point of comparison to address what he perceived as ‘double standards’ in the wrestling industry.

The crux of the matter revolved around Khan’s decision to push HOOK, the FTW Champion, into a high-profile challenge against Samoa Joe for the AEW World Championship. This decision had faced scrutiny from certain fans and critics. To make his point, Khan drew parallel with WWE’s booking choice of Jinder Mahal in a World Heavyweight Championship match scheduled for the January 15 episode of Raw.

Former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal decided to respond to Khan’s comments by publicly questioning the identity of HOOK. In now-deleted tweet, Mahal wrote, “Who tf is Hook?” before inviting fans to watch WWE’s Monday Night Raw.


However, this social media exchange took an interesting turn when Taz, a well-known figure in the wrestling world and the father of HOOK, decided to enter the fray. Taz quote-tweeted Jinder Mahal’s tweet and responded with a succinct and straightforward answer, simply stating, “HOOK.”

This interaction not only added fuel to the ongoing discussion surrounding HOOK’s rapid ascent in AEW.

As the wrestling world continues to evolve, social media platforms have become a battleground for the wrestling community, with fans and industry figures often engaging in lively debates and discussions about various aspects of the sport.

What are your thoughts on the social media drama involving Tony Khan, Jinder Mahal, and Taz? Do you believe there are ‘double standards’ in the wrestling industry, or do you think both AEW and WWE have valid reasons for their booking decisions? Share your perspectives and join the conversation!”

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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