Shahid Khan, Father of AEW CEO Tony Khan, Didn’t Think Starting AEW Was a Good Idea

Published 06/16/2021, 1:00 PM EDT


All Elite Wrestling has emerged to become a reputed competitor to WWE in just under two years since opening doors. Tony Khan, the CEO of the promotion has been a lifelong wrestling fan. His money along with the wrestling minds of Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega – AEW was born.

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AEW – a way for Tony Khan to blow father, Shahid Khan’s money?

Starting a pro wrestling company and running it efficiently isn’t easy. Just ask former Impact Wrestling President Dixie Carter. Capital is one of the major needs. And thankfully, Tony Khan has a ton of it.

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HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 28: Tony Khan, son of team owner Shahid Khan of the Jacksonville Jaguars, waits on the field before their game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

However his father, billionaire Shahid Khan didn’t think it was a good idea to invest in a pro wrestling company. Despite this, the self-made billionaire decided to go ahead with his son’s idea. And so far, it looks like it’s paying off.

Speaking to Forbes, Shahid Khan said, “I absolutely didn’t think this was a good idea. But I told Tony, ‘Look, when I’m done and gone, I’m going to be leaving you and your sister with a lot of money. Why don’t you blow some of that while I’m alive?'”

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Honestly, can anything get more savage than this? Basically he doesn’t think a pro wrestling promotion is a good idea. But the he still gave it a go. He did it so easily as if he gave his son to buy an action figure. The difference here is, Tony Khan is actually buying pro wrestlers instead of their action figures.

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So far in their short journey of under two years, the promotion has only grown. In fact, they’ve grown so much that they’ll be adding a third hour in the form of AEW Rampage to their weekly wrestling programming on the TNT Network.


It would be too early to say if Shahid Khan’s words are true with AEW not being a good idea. However, looking at the ways things have panned out so far, it does look like the promotion has a bright future. Who knows? They might even reach neck and neck with WWE someday.

What are your thoughts on AEW? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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