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Tony Khan on why the timing is right for AEW launch

All Elite Wrestling President Tony Khan recently made an appearance on Talk Is Jericho, which is the podcast of professional wrestling great Chris Jericho.

During this interview, he spoke about a wide range of topics that relates to All Elite Wrestling that includes why it was the right time to launch this promotion.

Khan would explain how certain talent contracts expiring in 2019, and TV deals and media rights providing big money, it was the right decision.

“I mean, for a long time, it just started to make more and more sense to me,” Khan recalled. “When I’d look at the market, the availability of performers in different windows and I looked at it and saw, ‘wow, in 2019, we have a real opportunity here.’ I think [the contract status of The Elite] had been public knowledge. I read in the Observer and it had been put online about the deals coming up and then who was and who wasn’t working with a deal. And, like, I think it had been pretty public knowledge that [Jericho] had been out working for other places. And also my research of the market and media rights told me that there was going to be a really good climate for us to get involved in this. Just really, all the details came together at the right time.”

The first official event under the banner of AEW is Double or Nothing that is scheduled to take place on May 25th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their second official show goes down July in Jacksonville, Florida at the Fight for the Fallen event.

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking on the player below:

H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription


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