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Tony Khan on recent WWE changes: 'It's going to change the competition'


Tony Khan believes that new people in charge of WWE is a good thing.

Khan spoke to SportsGrid on the recent WWE changes, most notably Vince McMahon retiring, Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan being named co-CEOs, and Triple H assuming the role as head of WWE’s creative. Khan said that ultimately, the changes WWE are making are good for wrestling fans.

“It’s going to change the competition, but I think that’s a good thing,” Khan said. “AEW’s got a big fan base. We’re in 130 countries now around the world, and here in the US, we’ve built a great fanbase. And the competition is going to change. It’s a different person in the chair opposite me but I don’t think that’s going to be a bad thing for the wrestling fans, necessarily.”

Khan also said that the move benefits wrestlers themselves, who will be free to negotiate between the two companies, pointing out that for a while that was not possible due to the death of WCW in 2001.

“Probably more so than ever, I imagine that great wrestlers are going to be in demand. And again, I think this is probably going to be good for the wrestling fans because that’s one of the most exciting things about pro wrestling is free agency. It’s one of those things that was really missing from the sport for almost two decades before AEW came in, because there was not a legitimate competitor in the free agent market, and now there of the worst things, I think, that happened in American sports, in my lifetime, was when WCW closed down.”

McMahon resigned from WWE on July 22, with Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan being named co-CEOs of the company. On July 25, Triple H was named head of WWE creative.