All Elite Wrestling announced; bankrolled by Tony Khan, son of Jacksonville Jaguars and Fullham FC owner Shahid Khan

Lonewolf

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I don't know much about Tony Khan, but to anyone in the know, what factors separate him from Ted Turner when he purchased Crockett and decided to challenge the WWF? How does AEW's talent stack up to WCW's talent led by Ric Flair? Booking, business instincts? How business savvy is Tony Kahn that separates him from a Dixie Carter or a Billy Corgan?

And for AEW to succeed in the long term, would it demand that he be as solid a prowrestling historian as well as a savvy businessman? Afterall, for all of Ted Turner's affinity to prowrestling, I don't think he knew intimately on the precise machinations of the business in general worked.

How much is Kahn going into this as a fan vs. a business person? And longevity wise, what has more solid long term prospects, AEW or the XFL reboot?
Lots to unpack here, let me try to break it down:

"what factors separate him from Ted Turner when he purchased Crockett and decided to challenge the WWF?"
Ted Turner was a casual-at-best wrestling fan that put non-wrestling people in charge of his wrestling product while he fucked off to run the rest of his media empire. Tony Khan is a hardcore wrestling fan (he was a tape trader back in the day) who's directly involved in the day-to-day running of the promotion.

"How does AEW's talent stack up to WCW's talent led by Ric Flair? Booking, business instincts? "
I'd give Ric Flair the edge simply because the wrestling industry today is different than the territory days. Our modern indy promotions can't compare to the territory system for experience and exposure. Flair smartly surrounded himself with guys like Jim Ross and Jim Cornette, which certainly helps on the booking aspect, not that the Elite are slouches. Business-wise though, the guys Turner put in charge torpedoed any chance of WCW doing good. Guys like Herd and Scott had no business being in charge.

"How business savvy is Tony Kahn that separates him from a Dixie Carter or a Billy Corgan?"
Dixie was a money mark with no apparent wrestling knowledge, I don't know Billy Corgan's business model well enough to comment on it. Tony appears to have Dixie beat in this regard.

"And for AEW to succeed in the long term, would it demand that he be as solid a prowrestling historian as well as a savvy businessman? Afterall, for all of Ted Turner's affinity to prowrestling, I don't think he knew intimately on the precise machinations of the business in general worked."
Tony is both, he has been following the business since he was a kid. Turner had business chops, but WCW was horribly mishandled by those he put in charge and he was so hands off and not involved for his business acumen to matter.

"How much is Kahn going into this as a fan vs. a business person?
They have a business plan in place, and nothing suggests he's going into this blindly. He's hired many top talents, both on-screen and employees that will be needed to get this promotion off the ground.

And longevity wise, what has more solid long term prospects, AEW or the XFL reboot?"
The butter chicken in my slow cooker for dinner "has more solid long term prospects" than the XFL reboot. :P
 

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Kenny Omega is apparently going to be interviewed on the Twitch E3 stream now:




 

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Kenny Omega just announced that Fyter Fest will be free on B/R Live

Also looks like they confirmed CIMA vs. Daniels for Fyter Fest







 
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Crackhead_Bob

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If AEW ever secures a videogame license, who should be the publisher? And how long would they need to be in business for that to even be a consideration?
 

kris.

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YES! I was expecting to pay like $20 but free is infinitely better. That rules.

Also that Joey Janela shirt is really fucking sick.

edit: damn, so is that Best Friends shirt haha.
 

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In a new interview with ComicBook.com this week, Cody Rhodes explained Pac's current status with the company, assuring fans that he isn't leaving AEW.

"It's kind of a current, ongoing situation in terms of creative differences," Rhodes said. "It's the term we use, it's not everyone's favorite term to hear. But I love Pac, he's amazing. He's done a great job post-WWE with what he's done with Dragon Gate, what he's done with Rev Pro. And really the only thing I can say about it, because it is an ongoing situation, is that Pac is still part of AEW. It's something we're actively working on and making it happen. He's a big part of AEW."

After confirming that AEW would be traveling to the UK for a future event, Rhodes hinted that a rematch between Pac and Page is being worked on for a future show.

"That match, if people were not fulfilled with getting it for free on YouTube, they definitely will probably get a chance to see that match in the future," Rhodes said. "But it's an ongoing situation."
 

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Can I say how great it is that we’re over two weeks away from Fyter Fest and basically know the card and my hype keeps increasing as we get closer? Feels good, man. I wonder how long the AEW freshness factor will go given that I don’t know a lot of the wrestlers or haven’t seen a lot of the matchups before.