Shad And Tony Khan Release Statements On AEW


Ahead of the Double-or-Nothing rally All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has scheduled for 5 p.m. EST today, Shad and Tony Khan released a statement regarding their roles and vision for the company.

Tony Khan, the founder, president, and owner of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), along with primary investor Shad Khan, his father, both released a statement regarding their roles within the company and how the two see the new promotion fitting within an already existing landscape.

Below are the full statements from both executives.

SHAD KHAN STATEMENT ON AEW, Tuesday, January 8, 2019

"I am the lead investor, a supporter and a backer of All Elite Wrestling, and I anticipate great things today and into the future for AEW and everyone who has worked passionately on this week’s launch. I know AEW will be welcomed by wrestling fans here in the U.S. and throughout the world who are ready for something new and authentic. AEW will work hard to deliver on that promise.As important, I am the father – the proud father – of Tony Khan, who will serve in a leadership role at AEW during the 2019 launch and in the years ahead. Tony will assemble a great team to take AEW over the top, for the benefit of everyone who loves the wrestling industry, while continuing to serve in his current capacities with the Jaguars and Fulham.AEW will operate as an organization completely independently from my other interests. It will not deter attention or divert resources from any of my businesses, teams, projects or investments. At the same time, AEW will enjoy the same full commitment I given to everything and everyone in my life – my family and friends, my business and, in recent years, to sports, hospitality and now entertainment."

TONY KHAN STATEMENT ON AEW, Tuesday, January 8, 2019

"Wrestling fans are a community unlike most others. I’ve been a part of this community since I was 7 years old, and I can tell you that wresting fans see the world every day through a special lens. We see wrestling in Hollywood films and tv shows, we see elements of wrestling in the presentation of sports and in the marketing of grandiose star athletes, and we certainly see wrestling in politics.The wrestling community is a constant; its members are diverse, we are physically located on all corners of the planet, yet we are constantly connected. Recently, a new family has formed, bonded by love and respect for wresting but armed with a vision and resources that have never before been available to the wrestling community. Our objective is to connect our community closer than ever before through All Elite Wrestling, or AEW.AEW does not mean any less of a continued commitment to existing obligations and duties that I have, or my family has, to our business and sports interests. That will never be the case. What’s important is that every individual decision we make as family, whether it’s ownership or investment in a team or property, is 100 percent beneficial to those specific interests. I will always welcome that accountability and responsibility, as nothing is more important than serving our supporters and friends.AEW will launch with a roster of the top wrestlers in the world. While they’ll clash in what will be some of the most intense and fast-paced contests ever sanctioned in the squared circle, they’ll also share a common goal: to make this the true golden age, to make this the greatest time ever to be a wrestling fan. Likewise, as a business, by treating our wrestlers with respect and warmth, we also seek to make this the golden age for the performers themselves.I urge everyone who believes in what we’re doing, or wants to believe in dreams coming true, to support AEW by spreading the word and passing the wrestling bug onto someone else. My message: Get in on the ground floor with AEW today and help lead our movement to grow the wrestling community and ensure that the voices of the wrestling fans, their creative minds and their remarkable ideas, will always be heard."

It was on New Year’s Day when fans received the highly-anticipated announcement that a brand new promotion spearheaded by The Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes was cemented and would open the doors to business, immediately.

Brandi Rhodes, the wife and in-ring partner of Cody Rhodes, has also dropped hints that there will be big announcements made in regards to AEW’s stance on women’s wrestling. Reports are already pouring in on signees, with Britt Baker expected as one of the “originals”. The promise of focus on a women’s division is a huge jumping point for many fans, with the women’s evolution fully in progress.

The statements from Shad and Tony Khan appear to be in sync with that attitude, and the wrestling community is on the edge of their seats, patiently waiting for any and all announcements.

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Tune into the AEW Double-or-Nothing rally held today, Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. EST for breaking news, information, and exclusive content regarding the new promotion and their future. Readers can watch the rally on All Elite Wrestling’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Brandi Rhodes’s Instagram account.