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Tony Khan describes AEW’s creative process, talent who contribute ideas

The AEW President recently spoke to Forbes about how episodes of Dynamite and Rampage are written.
Tony Khan

Tony Khan discussed the creative process in AEW during a recent interview with Forbes. 

Khan said that while he has the final say, he takes input from many others when writing shows. When AEW first began, however, he feels he was leaning too much on others. 

"When we started AEW Dynamite in October 2019, I had never officially written a wrestling TV show," Khan said. "All of my experience writing TV shows and wrestling had been exclusively imaginary and all the episodes of Dynamite and Rampage, for that matter, were shows that I had been creating at home for fun as a hobby."

Khan continued to say that it was his lack of experience that led to him leaning too much on others in the early days of AEW. 

"I did lean more on people around me and I would try to trust my instincts but it's hard when you don't have as much experience and I do take a lot of pride in the booking." 

The AEW President continue to say he receives creative input from many within the company. 

"I work with a lot of really smart people. What I think I do a good job of is being organized dealing with a lot of different people," he continued. 

"I have a lot of great creative minds that are in the company that I can have full time access to like Chris Jericho and Christian Cage, and Jon Moxley has great ideas. And now CM Punk and Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole have come in with great ideas." 

Although he has lots of people contributing ideas, however, Khan writes the shows himself. 

"I don't understand the idea of having a lot of different people write the show and then a person would go in the day of and rip it to pieces and try to come up with new ideas. To be honest, when I hear about somebody going in and they have a TV show on Monday that they rip up, my first thought is, 'What were you doing all weekend?' Because I work my ass off on the weekends."

"So, I don't do everything myself but I do make the final decision on everything. I put the format together, I put an outline of what the show is going to be for Dynamite and Rampage. I write it by hand."

"I really just want people to go out and make the points and keep the stories going but I'm not so autocratic that I want to control every word somebody says on television. And I think that's also why some of our interviews, our storytelling, and promos are really strong, I believe."