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AEW Double or Nothing scrum: Mark Henry, Lio Rush, NJPW notes


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AEW held a media scrum following the Double or Nothing PPV. 

Tony Khan, Chris Jericho, Britt Baker and Jungle Boy spoke to reporters. Here are some notable items from the event. 

Tony Khan --

  • Khan said that he has a handshake deal with Lio Rush, who debuted in the Casino Battle Royale. He said that he had looked to bring Rush in for an event in 2020, but Rush filming MTV's The Challenge precluded that from happening. He said that Rush will continue to be available for NJPW events. 
  • Regarding the promo that Khan cut on WWE's Nick Khan and the report that WWE had negotiations with NJPW, Khan said that he asked NJPW if they thought he should cut the promo. He said that NJPW agreed and "they thought it was great." Khan said that he expects to continue working with NJPW. 
  • Khan discussed Mark Henry's signing. He said that he and Henry are personal friends. He put over Henry's mind for the wrestling business and thought he would be a good locker room presence. 
  • Khan said that Mark Henry and another current AEW roster member will be commentators on Rampage when the show debuts in August. He said that Rampage will sometimes be taped in conjunction with Dark and Dark: Elevation, but that Rampage will also be live some weeks. 
  • Khan said that he apologized to Hikaru Shida for the incident where commentator Willie Urbina mocked her accent and that it was important that he take action in dealing with the incident. 
  • Khan said he expects that there will be another Stadium Stampede match in the future. 

Chris Jericho --

  • Jericho said that portions of the Stadium Stampede match were filmed over a period of four days and that they were looking to make the match look more like an action movie. 
  • To that end, Jericho said that they brought in a stunt coordinator who works on the Jon Wick action films to help film the "fight scenes."

Britt Baker --

  • Baker put over the hard work of the entire women's division and said that they collectively have improved with more television time. 
  • Baker said that AEW currently doesn't have any female coaches, but could see Serena Deeb in that role in the future. 

Jungle Boy --

  • Jungle Boy gave credit to wrestling veteran talent like FTR and Chris Jericho for improving his in-ring work. He said that working on Dark and Dark: Elevation has helped him improve as well. 
  • He described the anxiety that he deals with before his matches, but said that having his Tarzan Boy entrance music has helped ease that. 

H/t to Fightful for posting video of the scrum.