AEW President Tony Khan recently appeared on the AEW Unrestricted podcast. The head of All Elite Wrestling appeared on the show to discuss the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected the way in which AEW produces its weekly Dynamite show on TNT.
“I didn’t want to force anybody to come to work under these circumstances” Khan began on the podcast. “So when we were in Salt Lake City? I told everybody you know ‘this is totally voluntary from here on out. Next week’s show…I don’t know if it’s going to be in Rochester or in Jacksonville? But we’re going to be in one or the other.'”
Khan would then reveal that the plans for the first shows following the worldwide lockdowns were constantly up in the air. “We had to figure it out pretty quick. Honestly, I had to figure that out by the next morning where we were going to be. Because the trucks needed to know where to take the ring and they [the crew] said ‘it’s a long drive from Salt Lake City to Jacksonville.’ So we had to figure this stuff out and get guys starting to move eastward.”
The AEW President would then reveal that he spoke to TNT directly about continuing to produce content each week. “But really, that night? I knew that we were going to have to make a lot of changes if we wanted to keep putting on shows. I talked to the TNT Network and they they were excited for us to keep putting on shows. At that point? I just like I said in Salt Lake City, I made it really crystal clear to you guys [the talent and crew]. That ‘this is a totally voluntary enterprise.’ And I’m glad that some people are taking me up on it, I’m glad because the last thing I want is anybody to feel like they’re in an uncomfortable working environment.”