Tony Khan: Anti-WWE comments ‘got tons of coverage for AEW

In a conversation with TMZ Sports, Tony Khan discussed the attention his recent critical remarks about WWE have garnered.

While on the NFL Network last week, Khan criticized his rivals, labeling WWE as a “really evil juggernaut” and likening the organization to Harvey Weinstein. Khan described AEW as the Pepsi of professional wrestling, in contrast to WWE, which he referred to as “the Harvey Weinstein of pro wrestling.”

Khan’s comparison involving disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein arose concurrently with the sexual abuse allegations facing Vince McMahon, as detailed in a lawsuit by former WWE employee Janel Grant, which also names WWE as a defendant. After the lawsuit was filed, McMahon resigned from WWE and its parent company, TKO Group Holdings.

TMZ Sports asked about the widespread reaction and reception to Khan’s comments:

“Well, I think that we got tons of coverage for AEW. And I think it is important to say I think AEW is the best wrestling company in the world in many ways. I think that we have the best wrestlers, the best matches, we’ve been putting on the best shows. I think the best pay-per-view events this year have been the two AEW events.”

Khan went on to say that he would put AEW’s track record, both inside and outside of the ring, up against anyone:

“There are so many great things that have happened in AEW this year. And I’ll hold our track record up on anything — whether it’s the quality of the shows, the safety, the travel, the hotels. Everything we do, in and out of the ring, I think AEW is the very best.”

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