AEW President Tony Khan Disses the Idea of the WWE Performance Center

Published 08/23/2021, 7:45 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 something about AEW’s Tony Khan which everyone enjoys – he openly takes shots at WWE without even trying to be heavily subtle about it. The professional rivalry between WWE and AEW has left wrestling fans throughly entertained.

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Now, Tony Khan has taken another shot at WWE, but this time, it’s not about an individual in WWE but an entire setup- The WWE Performance Center.

According to Khan, wrestling is a form of art. Nobody can teach somebody a form of art or create eminent artists by nurturing every young talent in the same way. Maybe this is the reason he assures creative freedom to all the pro-wrestlers who sign on with AEW.

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Tony Khan may not be completely correct

The WWE Performance Center does not essentially teach young wrestlers how to wrestle, but it teaches the youngsters how to be safe in the ring. It’s extremely important for the youngsters to understand how to protect themselves and their in-ring opponents when wrestling.

WWE creates products whose primary focus is entertainment. Therefore, the matches include complicated maneuvers, jumps, bumps, and even weapons. If executed incorrectly, it could have devastating results for the wrestlers. In fact, there is a history of in-ring injuries that led to the ending of careers because they did not properly handle the maneuvers.

Therefore, it’s crucial to teach the youngsters how to be careful in the ring so they do not suffer in the long-term.

Keeping this in mind, Tony Khan could consider doing the same for AEW. And, creating a space that helps the young talent develop the safety skills required.

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AEW has several WWE Superstars trained in the Performance Center

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Tony Khan has signed on several Superstars who have trained themselves in the performance center. They’ve learnt how to survive the falls and the bumps while training intensely at the Performance Center.

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As of now, those wrestlers with the survival skills aren’t making sure AEW matches are huge successes. These matches involve jumps, weapons, and everything that entertains the audience!

Do you think it’s fair for Tony Khan to take a shot at WWE for teaching certain skills to young wrestlers? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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