“I Don’t Do Really Cheap DQ Finishes” – AEW President Tony Khan Takes A Nasty Jab at Vince McMahon

Published 05/06/2021, 8:45 AM EDT


Over the years, as AEW established itself as one of the industry giants, critics and fans started pitting it and WWE against each other. For many reasons, AEW President Tony Khan has been compared to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

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Khan has previously stated that he respects Mr. McMahon on a personal level. However, when it comes to the professional sector, the two men could not be more different.

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)

Recently, in an interview with Entrepreneur.com, Tony Khan weighed in on the differences. He took a shot at McMahon and the current WWE product over their “DQ finishes,” repetitive storylines, and more.

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There’s a lot of differences. I don’t do really cheap DQ [disqualification] finishes to prolong something,” Khan said. He pointed out how “other wrestling programs” rely on multiple count-outs and disqualification as finishers. “I believe in giving the fans a finish to the match. I believe in not false-advertising programs and people. “

Following through on the things you say you’re going to do and trying to deliver a show that’s in the spirit of what the fans want to see week in, week out and offering fresh matches and fresh programs is a big part of it. You know, not doing the same matches 17 weeks in a row over and over again.”

Over the years, McMahon has been criticized for ‘playing favorites’ with his marquee players. Be it John Cena, Triple H, or the modern-day Roman Reigns and Charlotte Flair, fans never appreciated WWE overtly pushing someone onto the title scene.

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AEW has been in the news for knocking down “the forbidden door.” With crossovers between AEW, Impact, NJPW, and future collaboration with Lucha Libre AAA, Tony Khan is happy with how his plan is turning out.

He revealed he has no intention of toppling down WWE. A lifelong wrestling fan, Khan’s childhood experiences of when WCW wrestlers fought in AAA and NJPW (and vice versa) inspired him.

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Twenty years later, things have come back full circle, and now you’re seeing those wrestlers from New Japan and AAA competing again on TNT. You’re seeing [New Japan’s] IWGP titles defended on TNT. I think it’s the natural balance of the universe just coming back.”

Tony Khan recently congratulated his team over a successful Blood and Gore special edition on Wednesday. You can learn more about the main event below –

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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