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Tony Khan – “WWE Put Pressure on Me To Sign These Two”

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AEW President Tony Khan recently spoke to PWInsider as part of the media event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City. The media event was set up to promote the announcement of AEW making their way to NYC and the Grand Slam edition of Dynamite coming up.

During the interview, Khan discussed two ‘homegrown’ talents in AEW that WWE reportedly were after for quite some time. Khan revealed that these two stars were Max Caster and Anthony Bowens, also known as The Acclaimed.

Before they signed with AEW, both men worked as singles wrestlers. Tony Khan opted to put them together, and they have become one of the most over stars in All Elite Wrestling today.

“The Acclaimed were singles wrestlers. They both went to the same school, Create A Pro, but they’d never teamed” Tony Khan began, speaking to PWInsider.

The Acclaimed

“And I saw them both on Dark and they were, frankly, the WWE put a little pressure on me with both of them” Khan would add. “I think they were both people the WWE wanted, and I really wanted to use both of them. And then I thought about it and I had this thought about the Acclaimed and I brought them together.”

AEW have already been able to build a strong roster of lesser known name stars who have broke out over the past two years. Darby Allin, Jungle Boy, MJF and more have been among the names who have really stood out during the initial Dynamite period.

The Acclaimed are still considered to be rising up the ranks of the tag team division, but Max Caster especially is hugely over with the live audience especially. Caster’s rapping before each match has helped to endear him with the audience, and he may have a bright future as a babyface with the company.

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