AEW President Tony Khan has a lot of passion for the business and that is felt in the current AEW product, but he is always at the end of criticism, most recently due to his decision to air the All In footage. Even then, Ricky Starks has now come to the defense of his boss.

AEW has faced declining TV ratings and low ticket sales recently. This underwhelming performance has led to online criticism aimed at the company. As the promotion’s president, Tony Khan has been at the center of the situation and has received some harsh comments as a result.

In a recent interview with SportsKeeda, Ricky Starks was asked to describe Tony Khan as a boss. Starks Khan by calling him a “great dude.” The former FTW Champion went on to say that Khan is not what you might expect him to be.

“He’s a great dude. He really is. I’ve never met someone as nice as he is. People always assume someone in that position, someone in that tax bracket is going to be a certain way and he isn’t like that. He is a very, very sweet man. I think people need to realise that we are a startup company. We are all just trying to figure this out.”


In the interview, the conversation also touched on the ongoing criticism Tony Khan faces from fans. Ricky Starks mentioned that it can be difficult to respond to trolls because they aren’t interested in changing their minds. He added that these critics will never get to know the real Tony Khan, the person he gets to interact with every time he returns after a match.

“Well, I don’t think you can say anything to internet trolls because even if you presented them with facts and evidence, they still believe what they want to believe. So I think it’s best to just keep the energy to ourselves, right?

Because here’s the thing. They will never experience what we experience, in that the beauty and joy of someone like Tony when you come to the back after your match. It’s a different feeling to experience that with your boss. It could be a hug; it could be a fist bump. It could be anything.”

Ricky Starks also suffered an injury scare last month but made it clear he was alright. Nonetheless, Starks clearly has a lot of respect for the AEW President and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

Do you believe Tony Khan gets a lot of unwarranted hate lately? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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.

Disqus Comments Loading...