The Rock’s Executive Takes a Dig at AEW President Tony Khan Over Recent Comments

Published 01/02/2022, 12:30 PM EST


Tony Khan has recently been in the news, but for the wrong reasons. He has been facing a lot of criticism regarding the issue of diversity in AEW, and a former employee is calling him out for his previous comments.

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Brian Gewirtz is a former WWE head writer. He now serves as the Senior Vice President of Development for Seven Bucks Production. The production is owned by The Rock and his ex-wife Dany Garcia.

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Tony Khan was asked about his perception of what makes WWE different from AEW. Needless to say, he did not hold back from expressing his full opinion. [H/T Fightful]

“I don’t have 27 Hollywood writers sitting around, writing sketch comedy for the show,” Khan said. “We do great wrestling matches. The wrestling that many people in Jacksonville and the southeast grew up on. That’s the wrestling I grew up on, and I love it.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – JULY 24: (Top L-R) Professional wrestler Michael Nakazawa, All Elite Wrestling EVP Cody Rhodes, professional wrestlers Nyla Rose and Kenny Omega, and All Elite Wrestling CEO/President Tony Khan, (Bottom L-R) All Elite Wrestling Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes, professional wrestlers Nick Jackson, Awesome Kong, Jungle Boy, and Matt Jackson of TNT’s ‘All Elite Wrestling’ pose for a portrait during the 2019 Summer TCA Portrait Studio at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Benjo Arwas/Contour by Getty Images)

Khan stated that he is a big wrestling fan, and he tries to make matches that the fans want to see.

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Ex WWE writer calls Tony Khan out.

Referring to Khan’s comments from this interview, Brian had a few words to say for him. He spoke on the Day 1 pay-per-view on his Twitter account and praised everyone backstage for putting up a great show.

Gewirtz said, Fun show #WWEDay1. Weird, it’s almost as if it was the result of a massive group effort involving talent, producers, production staff, creative, announcers, and more as opposed to “27 Hollywood writers sitting around writing sketch comedy.”

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Despite leaving WWE in 2015, Brian still seems to be a huge fan of the promotion. Gewirtz quit the company after being in the company for 16 years. He exited to join The Rock’s Seven Bucks Entertainment movie production company.

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Brian also produced Young Rock while producing shows such as Behind The Attraction and NBC’s The Titan Games. He has also mentioned that he is currently working on his book. It will detail his time working for WWE and is called Heels and Heroes.

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Avani Mishra

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Avani Mishra is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Avani has been a WWE fan since 2008. Her all-time favorite wrestler is John Cena, who is the first wrestler she ever saw on TV.

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