Wrestling Legend Reveals Tony Khan Was Extremely Upset Due to “F**ked Up” Ending to AEW Barbed Wire Exploding Match

Published 10/04/2021, 12:46 AM EDT
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)


There’s a difference in management styles between AEW and WWE. The former has spread control between Tony Khan and AEW EVPs Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, and others, while the latter has one person, Vince McMahon, making the final decisions.

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While everyone applauds AEW for the freedom it gives, essentially, it’s an issue. During an episode of Keepin’ it 100 with Konnan, Konnan explained that as per his observations, Tony Khan wasn’t too happy with the arrangement.

He used the infamous exploding barbed wire match as an example for Khan’s frustration. It so happened that Khan has done everything for the match. But, handed off the finish to someone else. The finish was far from anything that the AEW Universe was expecting, and they poorly executed it.

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“I was talking to Tony, and he was telling me, and he wasn’t trying to pass the heat. But, you can tell that he was generally mad. And, I understood him. He was like, ‘F*ck man. Remember that exploding barb wire match?’ He’s a fanboy. He loves this sh*t, he wanted to see it. He knew the fans wanted to see it, he knew it was something different. It hadn’t been seen, and he told me, ‘I took care of everything I needed to take care of. The one thing I handed off to somebody else was the finish, and the finish was f*cked up’.” H/t K100 w/ Konnan & Disco

The finish genuinely angered Khan. Currently, it’s rumoured that AEW EVPs AEW slowly losing their creative control and The Main Man of AEW is taking over one step at a time.

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The ending which exasperated Tony Khan

AEW had hyped the exploding barbed wire match between Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley. The idea was that at the end the ring would explode, taking down Moxley with it.

However, at the end, Omega left Moxley in the ring, handcuffed, and for the ring to explode. Unfortunately, the ring did not explode. All that happened was some sparklers going off from the four corners of the ring. Even though the announcers tried to play it off as a successful explosion, the fans knew it was either a plan gone horribly wrong or just a terrible plan.

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This finish is considered as one of the most embarrassing and funniest moments in pro-wrestling history!

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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