“Only Room For One Khan” – AEW President Tony Khan Declares War on WWE President Nick Khan

Published 05/28/2021, 8:08 PM CDT


Recent reports stated that WWE was reportedly in discussions with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) for a possible crossover. AEW President Tony Khan had quite a few things to say about the situation.

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Ahead of AEW’s Friday Night Special Dynamite (5/28) ahead of Double or Nothing on Sunday, Tony Schiavone and Khan caught up backstage. Schiavone informed the AEW audience about the reported deal between WWE and NJPW before asking Tony his opinion.

Tony, known for swinging open the “forbidden doors of wrestling,” revealed he was aware of the talks between the two promotions. Khan then addressed WWE president Nick Khan directly, “Well, Nick, I have to say you have been talking NJPW for two months, you’ve gotten a lot done!

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But in the last two weeks, I have Yuji Nagata, Ren Narita, and Rocky Romero on AEW. I have reunited Roppongi Vice. I had NJPW IWGP US Champion Jon Moxley defend the title successfully on our show, retaining it.”

He also revealed he had future plans with the NWJP for the US Title. “In fact, I think there’s only room for one Khan in the wrestling business, Nick… And it’s me, it’s Tony Khan. Not some “Khan Man” from Connecticut. Have a fun show tonight Nick! See you on Dynamite.”

The statement was so shocking that the shock showed up in the face of a seasoned veteran like Schiavone. All this went down on TNT while WWE SmackDown was live on Fox.

Did Tony Khan just start AEW vs WWE?

Tony Khan has been cordial with WWE throughout his tenure. He said how WWE shaped his perspective as a young wrestling fan. However, this statement on Dynamite comes out of nowhere.

This is the first time Tony Khan’s AEW (or any promotion) has directly declared war on WWE. It should be noted that AEW has dragged WWE previously to promote themselves while the wrestling giant barely acknowledges AEW.

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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 in December 28, 2014, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

It should be noted that Tony and Nick are not related. But Tony definitely held some grievances against Nick. This declaration has sent the wrestling fanbase into a frenzy as expected.

WWE is yet to respond to the atrocious declarations. Let us know your thoughts in the comments 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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