A recent report sheds light on the NFL’s response to Tony Khan, President and CEO of AEW, making controversial comments likening WWE to Harvey Weinstein during the 2024 NFL Draft broadcast.

Khan made a notable appearance in the Jacksonville Jaguars draft war room, donning a neck brace to portray the aftermath of an attack by Jack Perry and The Elite on the April 24 edition of AEW Dynamite.

During an interview on the NFL Network to promote the second day of NFL Draft coverage, Khan drew attention with his comparison of WWE to Harvey Weinstein, sparking widespread discussion on social media.

“AEW, we’ve been doing this for five years, we are the most successful sports start-up since the AFL, pre-merger. There has not been a challenger brand that has gained as much market share as AEW in many many years. We are like the Pepsi of pro wrestling. We’re up against an evil juggernaut. WWE is our competitor, that’s who we’re facing. AEW, like the Pepsi of pro wrestling. WWE is like the Harvey Weinstein of pro wrestling. I’m really proud of what we do down here.”


According to updates from Fightful Select, indications suggest that the NFL Network was unfazed by Khan’s controversial remark and remained pleased with his appearance. One contact from the NFL Network expressed a desire to feature Khan on the show, particularly after his viral moment wearing a neck brace during the NFL Draft.

“Regarding Tony Khan’s appearance on NFL Network on Friday where he referred to WWE as the “Harvey Weinstein of Wrestling,” all indications were that NFL Network were happy with his appearance despite the controversial line. One NFL Network contact Fightful has told us they wanted Khan on the show, and knew it would get attention after he in a neck brace went viral this week. One of the hosts has posted the interview in its entirety on twitter, with the line included.”

Aware of the potential for attention surrounding Khan’s interview following his previous appearance, the NFL Network deliberately posted the entire interview, including the contentious line, on social media.

In addition to addressing his comments about WWE, Khan also discussed the emotional impact on himself and his family following the assault by Jack Perry and The Young Bucks on AEW Dynamite.

As the fallout from Tony Khan’s remarks continues to unfold, Ringside News remains vigilant for further updates on the reactions to his WWE-Harvey Weinstein comparison.

What are your thoughts on Tony Khan’s controversial comparison of WWE to Harvey Weinstein during his appearance on the NFL Network? Do you believe the NFL Network’s reaction reflects a growing acceptance of Khan’s outspoken nature, or do you think it could have potential repercussions for his public image? Share your perspectives and insights in the comments below!

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