AEW President Tony Khan recently appeared on the Tuesday Wrestling Tuesday podcast to discuss a wide range of topics and hype up this week’s AEW events in Chicago, which includes their ALL OUT pay per view on Sunday September 5th.
During the interview Khan spoke about how Vince McMahon Sr. used to work with different territories during his day as head booker, then uses that to explain why he believes his work with other promotions makes AEW top dog. Highlights are below.
How wrestling was much more collaborative when Vince Sr. was booking shows:
Vince Sr was really cooperative. He booked Andre (The Giant) out all over the country. He would work for AWA and would go to Mid South and work in Houston. Wrestling was much more collaborative before the mid-80s and it was actually one person that made the business less collaborative. I’m trying to bring some of that spirit back. When Vince Sr was running the New York territory, it was a much more collaborative thing.
How him collaborating with other companies shows why AEW is the top promotion in the business:
IMPACT, AAA, and certainly New Japan, I’ve done a lot of stuff with. It has to make sense for AEW and we’ve seen wrestlers from AEW go and capture championships in different promotions around the world. A lot of AEW wrestlers still hold championships in various promotions around the world and it’s good for those promotions to have such strong recognizable champions who have a great TV platform to wear their titles and it’s good for us because it shows that we’re the top company in wrestling, frankly, and a lot of companies out there have had our wrestlers come in and do really well. I’m very open to it and it shows good bonds between the companies and allows us access to good wrestlers. We have one of the best rosters, but it’s always good to have fresh and different talent. It’s why I like working with other companies. Also, New Japan has had big shows and have great talent specifically. I’ve done a lot of things with them. The main focus is on AEW and our shows. We have such a big roster and so much bandwidth that it allows us to expand, partner, and help other wrestling companies.
(H/T and transcribed by Fightful)