Tony Khan asked if he was worried about the talents asking for their release and his thoughts on Vince McMahon.
Upon the release of Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view, Fightful Select first reported that Jonathan Gresham had requested his release from AEW/ROH. The report notes that his request was made before the pay-per-view event. There was a lack of communication between the two sides before the event which, among other things, disrespected Gresham.
Fightful noted that when Gresham met Tony Khan prior to Death Before Dishonor, he aired his frustrations and this conversation caused him to “swear” at Khan.
This situation was brought up during Khan’s appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. It was mentioned that Khan had a “heated discussion with a former ROH champion”. The follow-up to this was with the rise to power of Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque in WWE, Khan worries about his talents wanting their exits and is now eyeing WWE as a possible landing spot. Here is how Khan responded:
It depends on who it is and it depends on who the person is if I release them or not. But I don’t think these two situations [reported situation with Jonathan Gresham and Triple H coming into power] had nothing to do with each other. Keep an eye on it. I don’t think it’s going to be dots that connect, and I really think it’s probably going to be a change in management philosophy, I totally think. That being said, I’m not sure this will be a bad thing for AEW, but I think it will be a good thing for wrestling fans as the competition will change and probably in a way that will be good for the fans.
Khan was then asked to comment on former WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon’s legacy in professional wrestling. He described McMahon as one of the most influential figures in American entertainment.
Developed the TV wrestling industry more than anyone ever and the growth it has [Vince McMahon] helped get into this business as the tv industry is probably more than anyone in the history of the wrestling industry combined and i don’t think i would be understating by saying he was one of – was one of the most influential people in American entertainment and whether you consider wrestling a sport or not, I think in the world of sports he was also one of the most influential people . Ask any athlete on the planet and they’re all very familiar with their product.
Elsewhere during the chat, Khan opened up about his working relationship with ROH, IWGP and AAA World Tag Team Champions FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler).
He said they’ve been happier working together than ever and the only time he remembers them having a rough time between them was in 2021 and says part of that has to do with it. to the fact that Harwood was not in a good mental space, which Khan pointed out. is something Harwood has spoken about publicly.
I think we three [Khan & FTR] are happier working together than we’ve ever been and probably the only time it’s really been a tough time, I really thought it was a year ago and it was probably a mix of Dax, I think [Harwood] needed to get better, to feel better. I don’t wanna put words in his mouth ’cause he said all that even just Saturday night [at Death Before Dishonor] that, you know, he wasn’t feeling well and talked about taking meds and seeing a doctor, and then when he really figured it out, you know, I was more focused on them than I was have been and I think the last year they have done better than ever.
Last week’s episode of Dynamite was the Fight For The Fallen edition of the program which featured Bryan Danielson’s in-ring return with Jungle Boy addressing Christian Cage.
To hear POST Wrestling’s recap of the show, head over to the Rewind-A-Dynamite file here on the site.
If quotes from this article are used, please credit ‘The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz’ with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcripts.