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Tony Khan talks critics comparing his dad buying hotel from KHC to WWE’s relationship with Saudi Arabia government

WWE has been criticized for doing business with Saudi General Sports Authority where they hold two events per year as a way for the government to show off their culture. 

Shad Khan, the father of Tony Khan and co-owner of AEW, purchased ownership of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto in 2016, which was previously owned by Kingdom Holding Company. KHC, a public company on the Saudi Stock Exchange. It was founded by Al Waleed bin Talal Al Saud.

Tony Khan stated during the AEW Full Gear post-show scrum that his father’s investment shouldn’t be compared to WWE’s ten-year deal with Saudi Arabia. The topic came up when he was talking about wanting to run shows in Canada. 

“My dad bought the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto from a person who is a Saudi person five years ago. That is the beginning and the end of it. It is very much an apples and oranges thing when you compare the ongoing business relationship that is going on with Saudi Arabia to what my dad did purchasing a property and moving on from the person, not the government.”

When he sees people saying that Khan did exactly what WWE did, it’s not true, but people continue to say for years. 

“Because my dad is not involved in ongoing businesses. He bought this hotel a number of years ago. Very different thing from what’s going on in that part of the world. For years I’ve wanted to mention this and since we brought up Canada I thought it would be a relevant thing to say.”

You can watch the entire media scrum by clicking on the player below (quotes can be found at the 20:07 mark):

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Denise Salcedo with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription


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