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AEW: Tony Khan on getting CM Punk to return to pro wrestling

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AEW owner and President Tony Khan recently spoke to The Wrap. The Jacksonville Jaguars owner discussed several topics during the interview, including how he managed to get CM Punk to return to pro wrestling for All Elite.

‘From the beginning, I really wanted CM Punk to return to pro wrestling. That was one of my goals and something I believed would really move the needle for AEW ’” and it has. But when we first launched, it was a start-up company, of course, and he had been out of it for a while, and he wanted to watch closely with a fairly skeptical eye ’” but a fair eye.”

‘He wanted to see what was to come, because he heard this before: that somebody was gonna start a wrestling company, somebody with a lot of financial resources, maybe even a great TV partner. And we put it all together, quicker and better than anybody else had in the past 20 years, but I think it was still a start-up (to Punk).

Tony Khan on CM Punk

“He watched real closely and we stayed in touch, and it was very gratifying when I heard back from him that he really had enjoyed the shows and liked the direction we’d gone. The more we talked, the more I thought it might be possible.

“He sounds like somebody interested. He sounds like somebody that likes AEW. And I know we were building a good relationship and I like him very much,’ Khan continued. ‘I just thought there was a good chance that maybe he would want to come back for us.

“Thankfully, when live touring resumed and we were able to pack arenas again around the country, he was interested in coming back. And it’s changed our business and helped us reach new heights.’

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