It’s safe to say the non-existent war is heating up-let’s see what WWE thinks of AEW now. And, Tony Khan responds to that opinion.
What WWE Thinks Of AEW
We’ve had this kicked around a bit before…but with recent successes, let’s see what WWE thinks of AEW now.
The reason for this latest ask?
In case you don’t want to read that all, here’s the summary.
Friday night, WWE ran an extra long SmackDown, a special show on FS1. The channel change, of course, was due to baseball preempting them.
As part of the special “super sized” SmackDown, we already knew Brock Lesnar would be on it. And then WWE added a commercial free last half hour.
Tony Khan and AEW noticed.
In the Post, Khan remarked that, basically, anything WWE could do, he could do too. In his own words, he and AEW have more money than WWE.
And, as such, Khan ran his own chunk of AEW on Friday, sans commercials.
Well, per the Wrestling Observer, we have some insight into what WWE thinks of AEW now.
Of course, we all know it wasn’t too long ago that Vince McMahon said AEW was not competition.
So what is WWE thinking?
Per the Observer, there is a strong feeling that Khan will lose more money than he will make on AEW.
Many forming that viewpoint have some benefit of perspective. They’ve already been through the Monday Night Wars, after all.
Everyone remembers that WCW drubbed WWE for a good while. But, at what cost?
Ted Turner wanted to win at all costs, and wound up overpaying to have all his toys.
People within WWE feel as though Khan may be repeating those same mistakes. The belief is he has overspent to get AEW up and running, and continues to spend more than he makes.
I mean, even Tony’s dad thought AEW wasn’t a smart investment…
Time will tell if the WWE opinion is true or not.
Tony Khan Responds To Opinion
Well, after that news dropped, we saw Tony Khan respond to that interesting opinion.
Khan took to Twitter to fire back.
I’ve never met Ted Turner. It’s very possible Ted Turner is smarter than me, but he didn’t know 1% of what I know about professional wrestling or WCW would still be on TNT/TBS. @AEW is here to stay, watch #AEWRampage LIVE tonight on TNT or WatchTNT app on your phone or any device https://t.co/eYLCzCiMiQ
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) October 15, 2021
So, some thoughts…
On one hand, many in WWE remember the Monday Night Wars. It is easy to see parallels between Turner and Khan…at a 30,000 foot view.
However, as Khan noted, he’s a bigger wrestling fan than Turner was. I believe Turner was one too, so I have to wonder if Tony Khan isn’t being just a tad overly arrogant there.
But, it could just be extreme confidence. AEW does have an exciting roster, so it’s understandable.
However…it is also worth pointing out this: Daniel Bryan and CM Punk are basically the same age (within a couple years) as Scott Hall and Kevin Nash when they landed in WCW.
So what does it all mean? Probably not much, honestly.
If AEW gets a streaming deal, things could continue to get interesting. While Khan is terrible relative to the NFL, his wrestling acumen seems much better.
Competition is a good thing, and WWE definitely has competition now.