AEW CEO Tony Khan Beats Vince McMahon and Dana White to Win Promoter of the Year Award

Published 02/26/2021, 9:53 PM EST

Tony Khan recently won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Booker of the Year and Promoter of the year awards. To show his appreciation and gratitude, he put out a tweet.


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In his tweet, he mentioned Vince McMahon and Baba. They are the only two individuals who won both of these awards in the same year. McMahon secured it in the same year thrice, while Baba secured it twice.

Almost all wrestling fans believe he deserved the awards.


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Cody Rhodes congratulated Tony Khan.

Notably, AEW has been growing at a very rapid pace. Having acquired big names like Sting and The Big Show in the recent past, AEW’s ascension is slowly starting to worry WWE.

WWE Hall of Famer gave his opinion about Tony Khan

Booker T and Brad Gilmore had an interesting take on how Tony Khan signs major pro-wrestlers.

In their opinion, Khan not only asks pro-wrestlers how much they want to get paid but hands them a cheque to fill in the zeroes.

“Tony Khan must be a hell of a negotiator. He might just say ‘how many zeroes does it take? Oh okay, here we go, here’s the check, you know, you take it, fill it in. Take this check home with you and we’ll talk tomorrow’”, said Booker T.

Booker T isn’t wrong. Khan has been signing one legend after another, and fans are getting a new shocker almost every month.

Booker T believes that given AEW’s growth, it won’t be shocking if someday Brock Lesnar joins the company.

WWE to AEW transitions

The most recent WWE to AEW transition was Big Show. Needless to say, the news shocked the entire WWE Universe.

Even though there’s not a lot of information on the role Big Show [Paul Wight] will play at AEW, it’s confirmed that his move to AEW will add quite a few years to his time in the wrestling industry.

The fact that AEW can bring in pro-wrestlers from WWE’s roster is evidence of Tony Khan’s skills as a negotiator, promoter, and booker.

Prior to Big Show, the two huge names that transitioned from WWE to AEW were Chris Jericho and Sting.


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Jericho made his AEW debut in January 2019. Interestingly, he revealed that Vince McMahon influenced his decision.

Sting made his AEW debut in December, 2020. It surprised everybody, as there had been no sign of this move whatsoever.


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He signed a multi-year deal with AEW, indicating a proper return to the wrestling industry. Other names that have transitioned from WWE to AEW are Jon Moxley [Dean Ambrose] and Miro [Rusev].


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.