April 1, 2023

AEW CEO Tony Khan appeared on "In The Kliq" to promote tonight's AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam show. 
Khan was asked how far in advance does he plan matches:
"Well, I was thinking about that through the summer, about All Out, Grand Slam, and then building towards Full Gear. You have to be on your toes in this business and all sports because injuries happen, unexpected circumstances happen, and plans change. So we've been ready to make changes as things happen, as injuries happen. Right now the roster is very healthy, very strong, and it's coming together for one of the best events we've ever put together. So you know, you always have to be ready, watching, having plans in place, but then keeping an eye on what's happening. In this case, certainly, there were some unexpected circumstances in the run up to Grand Slam. We tried to make the best of it and I think we have because now Grand Slam tomorrow night is our single highest grossing TV event we've ever done for ticket sales. We've already set our record gate for TV for tomorrow, and now I think it'll be great viewership all over America, all over the world.”
Tony Khan was asked to give his thoughts on MJF announcing that he signed a new deal with AEW for more money, but not more time on his extension:
"I don't want to comment on contractual status. But I would say it's great to have MJF back in AEW. I think it's great for the wrestling fans and certainly it's really helped us. We've had a lot of ratings momentum. We had great ratings going into All Out and they've only gotten stronger these last couple weeks and it's really building at the right time going into Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe Stadium this week.”
His thoughts on the rumors of a potential Warner Brothers Discovery and NBC Universal merger:
"I could definitely not speculate on that and I would never speculate on that. I'm very happy with what we have right now. We have this great leadership from Discovery that's come in and taken over, working with great management from Warner Brothers and now we have this really strong company Warner Brothers Discovery that is the single largest creator of content in the world and they're showcasing AEW greater than we have ever been showcased before.”
On the status of Ring of Honor:
"If we can get the weekly TV going again, it would be even stronger. So wherever it ends up, TV streaming, I would love to bring Ring of Honor back on a weekly basis and it's a conversation I'm having with Warner Brothers Discovery pretty frequently."
Click below to listen to the entire interview.
If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit In The Kliq with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription. 


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