Tony Khan on why AEW Dark shows are so long, how he first met Sting six years ago, why he didn’t like Matt Hardy’s teleportation

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Chris Jericho welcomed Tony Khan as his visitor final week on “Speak Is Jericho” to speak concerning the reserving in AEW, how he received Sting to signal with the corporate, errors which were made, what AEW Darkish has finished for impartial wrestlers, how issues have modified due to the pandemic, the way forward for the corporate, and extra.

Jericho talks about AEW Darkish: “I actually wish to categorical that if anyone watches Darkish, which at all times does a powerful score, a powerful quantity, typically individuals will say it’s two hours lengthy or two and a half hours lengthy. I wish to inform everybody the rationale for that’s, and I’m not simply saying this, however, Tony Khan is such a very good hearted particular person that you simply (Khan) need everyone backstage to have a match and also you need everyone backstage to get a payoff.”

Tony Khan added: “We usher in individuals to provide them tryouts and we’re giving a whole lot of impartial wrestlers work along with the tryout folks that we wish to get a take a look at and put in particular matches. There’s different individuals, we try to place the highest individuals from Dynamite in recover from matches on Darkish. You wish to get some native individuals and hold them working as a result of there’s no impartial exhibits for all these individuals round Florida and Georgia like there was once.”

Tony Khan mentioned he met Sting six years in the past: “I had a previous relationship with Sting.  He didn’t attain out to me till his settlement expired.  I knew him and he has a fantastic son, Steve Jr, who is a good tight finish at Kentucky.  He’s a very nice younger man. He tried out for the Jags.  He had a knee damage and I don’t assume they utilized him sufficient at Kentucky as a result of he was a very good participant and positively somebody who deserved a glance within the NFL.  He had a fantastic tryout with us.  I feel if he got here in wholesome, I feel he may have had a very good probability at being a very good NFL particular person.   I talked to Steve (Sting) again then, over 5 or 6 years in the past.  I’ve recognized him a very long time.  He’s a fantastic particular person.  When he grew to become out there, it made all of the sense on the earth that I assumed it might be nice to signal Steve to an settlement to return in.  We talked and now we’re doing precisely what I wished to do and what he wished to do.  I feel it’s labored out nice.  It’s nice for us and he’s actually pleased too.  He’s been actually optimistic.  I feel he’s having a extremely good time.”

Chris Jericho requested: “Has there been something as a booker you look again on and need that you simply hadn’t finished? I do know you didn’t just like the Matt Hardy teleportation. That was my thought.”

Khan mentioned, “These are the issues I attempted to do lots much less of this 12 months.  That’s a very good instance.  Stuff like the place someone has one thing and I knew I used to be skeptical of it entering into and I talked myself into it and I wouldn’t have finished it and it’s not in opposition to you or the concept.  It’s simply the best way it was executed and the best way we have been speaking about it.  I had a sense it wasn’t going to work.  That’s an ideal instance.  We didn’t do very a lot of them this 12 months.  We made errors this 12 months, however I attempted to chop down on that this 12 months.  That’s an ideal instance of one thing that I want we hadn’t finished, however it was my fault.  If I actually believed it that sturdy, I ought to have stood up and mentioned it.”

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