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Tony Khan discusses WWE holding Raw event at UBS Arena before AEW Dynamite

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AEW will hold this week’s episode of Dynamite at the UBS Arena in Long Island, NY. WWE held a Monday Night Raw event from the same venue on November 29th, but their rival promotion outsold them in ticket sales. As of Wednesday morning, Dynamite has sold 9,176 tickets while Raw’s final count was 5,887, according to WrestleTix. 

AEW President Tony Khan spoke about the competition between AEW and WWE during an interview with News 12. Khan stated that he already had an interest in running the arena before WWE announced a show there. He questioned whether it’s possible that when he talks about competition, he is actually just minding his own business every single time.

“I just came to run a show on Long Island and it’s like hey, you know, they jump in the front of the line, run a show ahead of me, try to beat me in a market. Well, how did it work out?”

Khan then brought up AEW Rampage going head-to-head with WWE SmackDown on FS1 for 30 minutes back in October where AEW beat WWE in the key 18-49 demo. 

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“You try to compete, like [a] 30-minute window, head-to-head on FOX, FS1 against TNT and I didn’t make that choice for them to extend the broadcast by 30 minutes. I was very surprised to see it. My comments were genuine when I saw it.”

He said that some great stars lined up to wrestle that week. Khan noted that while some people may mock CM Punk wrestling Matt Sydal and Ruby Soho wrestling The Bunny, he views Bunny and Sydal as great workers. He said they as a company stood up for themselves and had a great show.

“We won the rating by a good amount, the demo and then I saw ratings getting leaked over the weekend. It wasn’t from us. I wasn’t the one leaking them and then when the important numbers, the ones the network actually looks at came out Monday, we were victorious and somebody tried to get out in front of us for days by leaking stuff. That wasn’t AEW, so all these things you’re talking about, usually, we’re sitting here minding our own business and then it’s like somebody does something, you know, that some person might call very aggressive at worst.”

Khan noted that when people make aggressive business moves, you gotta stand up for yourself and if people portray it as him coming out to compete, he feels AEW shows are simply designed for the fans to enjoy.

H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription