Tony Khan believes AEW contracts are "more secure" than their competition.
“with WWE these days is not signing a real contract, in my opinion. It’s a temporary arrangement”
This past Friday, AEW CEO and GM Tony Khan appeared on Busted Open Radio and answered a question regarding MJF's promo where he stated there would be a "bidding war in 2024", presumably referring to when his current AEW contract is up.
Khan has made it clear he knew that MJF was planning to say this, stating:
“Yes, I knew he was going to say that. He’s been saying that for a long time, I have no problem with that. I signed him to a five-year contract two years ago. It’s got three years left on it and I’m totally fine with it because frankly, there might be [other offers] in 2024. I’m fine with that. But anybody that signs a contract [with WWE] these days is not signing a real contract, in my opinion. It’s a temporary arrangement and people who come and wrestle with me, a lot of these people are lifers and they know that."
“There are some people here that work really hard and there’s some people here who come in and work more than really hard. Some people come in and I feel like this is their actual life and they’ll be here with me for the rest of my life. I don’t know if everybody that works for my competition can say that,”
“I think there are people that work there and aren’t even sure if they’re going to be there next week. So I just think there’s a lot more security with a contract here.”
He then showed remorse for the WWE releases, saying he doesn't want to make light of the situation, but has expressed pride that AEW has been going for a few years now but hasn't had to make any mass layoffs and realises that the talent AEW have are very special, and he understands that there may well be a bidding war at the end of their contracts. He follows up saying he takes pride in the decisions he makes on signing talent from the WWE releases and would only do so if it helped AEW grow.
He finishes up the interview by expressing his wish that AEW will be around for life, attesting that AEW is a small company, but it's also family to him.
I don't know about you, but as my reason for falling back in love with wrestling, I personally hope that AEW will be around for life, too.
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