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Tony Khan AEW media call: Brock Lesnar, DoN vs. Mania, All Out

AEW president and booker Tony Khan did a one-hour long media call Thursday afternoon, hitting on a variety of topics from this Saturday's All Out to Brock Lesnar to booking philosophies and more.

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Here's some of the highlights:

  • He was asked about free agent Brock Lesnar and said he couldn't comment while putting over how he's a great fighter and wrestler and that he doesn't get enough credit.
  • He said he expects All Out to be the best wrestling show since the pandemic started.
  • While putting over their COVID testing and everything that went into it, he said, "I thought Double or Nothing kicked the crap out of WrestleMania."
  • He said the FTW Title will be defended and that he's working on a "pilot" on how to make it different than the World or TNT titles.
  • He said the reason Big Swole vs. Britt Baker is on the Buy In pre-show is that his philosophy is to put big names and stars in front of more viewers to help drive PPV buys. He confirmed the match will be cinematic in nature due to Baker still recovering from her injuries.
  • He talked about his relationship with NWA president Billy Corgan and how the connection between the two was initially helped by Chris Nowinski. At this point, no other NWA talents are scheduled to be part of AEW, but he thought having Thunder Rosa involved made sense for both sides. He said the Rosa-Serena Deeb match from Wednesday was a home run and talked about Deeb came into the picture.
  • He discussed how they keep surprises just that, saying a very small circle helps control things getting out there, adding "There's a lot more surprises ahead for you in the upcoming weeks."
  • Khan said he held back on the go-home show, focusing on more wrestling in the first half and more storyline in the second half.
  • He discussed their protocols and decision to bring fans back into the building in limited numbers.
  • He said the Dynamite after All Out is going to be "really, really good" with some surprises. 
  • Saturday's Matt Hardy-Sammy Guevara Broken Rules match is a last man standing-style affair with a loser leaves town stipulation for Hardy.

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