AEW President and CEO Tony Khan recently appeared on the Battlegrounds podcast to talk about a number of topics such as how the WWE personally reached out to him to ask if AEW Stars could send him videos for John Cena’s 20th Anniversary celebration and how since he thought it was a reasonable favor and a good cause he didn't see any problem with it.
Tony Khan said:
“When people ask for a reasonable favor, I’m a good Samaritan. There is no reason why you can’t help people out. In this case, that’s just trying to be a good Samaritan and do the right thing to help out if you think it’s a good cause. In this case, John Cena’s 20th-anniversary show, I think that’s great. Sounded like a classy show and WWE reached out to me personally and asked me if we would send in videos from some of the top stars. They asked me for videos from Chris Jericho, Paul Wight, Bryan Danielson, and Mark Henry. I’m not sure Mark Henry’s made the air, but I’m sure they had a lot of great videos and I understood why they want him. They did show Paul Wight, Bryan Danielson, and Chris Jericho. I thought those were great wrestlers to ask for and I had no problem with it.”
Tony Khan also talked about how he left it up to those wrestlers if they wanted to do it and how even though WWE and AEW are competitive, it is a good time to be in the business and be one of the top two companies and that there is no reason why they can’t be decent people as well.
Tony Khan said:
“I also left it up to those wrestlers if they wanted to do it. I sent it to our head of HR and she told them that they had asked about this and if they wanted to do videos, it’s fine with us, but it’s up to them. They sent them in. That’s how it happened. Based on what it was, John Cena’s anniversary, even though WWE and AEW are competitive, it’s a good time to be in the wrestling business and be one of these two national television companies. There are a lot of big things happening in wrestling and there is no reason why we can’t all just be decent people at the same time.”
You can check out Tony Khan's comments in the video below. H/T to Fightful for transcribing the above quotes.