Tony Khan is the guest on this week’s “AEW Unrestricted” with Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone.
Khan was on the show to talk about Fyter Fest, an event that will span across two weeks. The first night will be on Wednesday, July 1 and the second night of action will take place on July 8. Both shows will be free on TNT.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
Tony Khan talked on Fyter Fest: “Across these two episodes, every title will be on the line. So many of the stories in AEW are going to be coming to a head or it’s going to be a huge moment in these stories. It is going to be a lot of awesome things. It is the kind of environment we typically have on PPV quarterly.”
Khan discussing the intrigue of Party Party vs Santana and Ortiz: “It’s going to be interesting because Chris Jericho is going to be on commentary for this show. Matt Hardy is going to be at ringside. So, both teams are being advised by all time legends. Not just all time legends in the wrestling business, but two of the great tag team wrestlers of all time. All the great tag teams Chris Jericho has been and Matt Hardy is a Mount Rushmore tag team wrestler. I think it’s going to be an awesome match. Those are two top teams. There has been a rivalry going on for a while between Private Party and Santana/Ortiz that goes way back.”
Khan talked about the Kenny Omega & Hangman Page tag team: “It goes without saying that Kenny and Hangman have been a huge part of this. They main evented the first two PPVs we did, both against Chris Jericho. Kenny and Chris in the title eliminator at Double or Nothing on our first PPV and then our next big show at All Out with Chris and Hangman for the title. Since then, they have become this great team. Frankly, I’m a huge believer in the Kenny and Hangman team. I was the original person that pushed the Kenny and Hangman idea together and they would be a great team. Then they came together. Their ideas are very different. Their personalities are very different. They have been in a stable together for quite a long time, but they have never been a regular tag team. They really took to it. Then it became so important to AEW. Kenny and Hangman matches became some of the best matches on our shows. One of the things people really look forward to as much as anything is a great Kenny and Hangman match.”
Khan spoke about the reduced roster due to Covid: “A lot of the women in this company live in other countries. People haven’t been available in Japan, obviously and from England. It made it difficult, but at the same time, we were very fortunate that a lot of the top women ranked in the division at the time were here. In Georgia, we had 20 percent of the roster available to us. But, we had enough people available that were going to be in the TNT tournament. We were able to do this great tournament and tell some great stories. We were able to do some really good shows and I was proud of some numbers we did on the back end of those shows, especially as we went later in the month on the taped shows. The numbers were going up which proved the stories were compelling.”
Khan also gives his thoughts on the rest of the card, the rise of Penelope Ford and Orange Cassidy, the debuts of FTR and Brian Cage, the return of the Lucha Bros. and much more.
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