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Tony Khan SHADES WWE with comments regarding layoffs

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In a recent media call, Tony Khan, the President of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), made some pointed remarks that could easily be interpreted as indirect criticism of WWE’s recent approach to staff and talent layoffs.

His comments have stirred discussions in the wrestling community, highlighting the differences in management philosophies between AEW and WWE.

Khan emphasised the importance of loyalty in the entertainment business, a quality he believes is often lacking. He stated, “In the entertainment business, there is not a lot of loyalty at times, and there should be.” Khan’s commitment to his staff and wrestlers is evident in his declaration that even if faced with challenging circumstances, he would not resort to laying off a significant number of staff or wrestlers.

He said, “Even if I get punched in the face with circumstances, it doesn’t mean that I’m going to take it out on staff by cutting 100 staff or laying off 30 wrestlers.”

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Tony Khan: Family Business vs Public Company

Drawing a distinction between AEW and other wrestling promotions, Khan highlighted the difference in values between a family-run business and a public company.

He mentioned, “This is a family business, we’re not a public company.” Khan believes that the familial nature of AEW ensures that the well-being of its employees is prioritised.

He added, “I really care about the people here and I would do anything I can to protect the jobs and livelihood of the people who work here.”

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AEW’s Relationship with Warner Bros. Discovery

Khan expressed his satisfaction with AEW’s current media rights deal with Warner Brothers Discovery. He praised the network for the opportunities they’ve provided and expressed a desire to continue the partnership.

“I would love to stay at Warner Brothers Discovery forever,” Khan remarked. He also mentioned that he values loyalty so much that he would be willing to accept a slightly lower offer to remain with Warner Brothers Discovery.

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FAQ

  • Q: What did Tony Khan say about layoffs? A: Tony Khan stated that even in challenging circumstances, he would not resort to laying off a significant number of staff or wrestlers.
  • Q: How does Tony Khan view the difference between a family business and a public company? A: Khan believes that a family business, like AEW, prioritises the well-being of its employees more than a public company might.
  • Q: What is AEW’s current relationship with Warner Bros. Discovery? A: AEW has a media rights deal with Warner Brothers Discovery, and Tony Khan has expressed a strong desire to continue this partnership.
  • Q: Did Tony Khan directly criticise WWE? A: While Khan did not mention WWE by name, his comments on layoffs and the difference between family businesses and public companies can be interpreted as indirect criticism of WWE’s approach.

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