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Tony Khan continues saying all the right things about what AEW will offer

While WWE continues putting on weekly episodes of Monday Night Raw that make you cringe or simply want to change the channel, mostly because there is too much focus on sports entertaining instead of actual wrestling, Tony Khan is continuing to say all the right things on AEW offering the opposite.

The latest:

“We’re going to provide, as I’ve always said, a serious, sport-based product with the best wrestling. With the best bell-to-bell -- you know, along the lines of what you saw in this show. And to be straight forward about something, something you’re going to notice more and more in our shows is they’re going to take place in and around the ring. Like, we’re not going to go out of the arena, we’re not going to spend half the show backstage in dressing rooms, or backstage choreographed segments. I’m really interested in focusing on the matches, and there’s plenty of time outside the matches to focus on storyline advancement, to focus on the funny sketches, and we can do all that. Nobody does that comedy better than our guys. There’s nothing funnier in wrestling than BTE, but there’s a time and a place for it. That’s why before the Bucks and the Lucha Bros went out to settle their issue, which is a serious issue between these teams, and go out and have a very serious, very fast paced excellent wrestling match, to tell the story of the issue that’s taken place between these teams... you know, that’s why we weren’t doing comedy bits right before the guys went to the ring. Because it was a serious match, and it was a great match. And there’s a time and a place for everything. That’s why we didn’t have Matt making Michael Nakazawa jokes in the middle of the match. That stuff is amazing and people love BTE but you don’t want to do “ha ha” funny when you’re doing a serious wrestling show. And we have a great balance between the two and I think we’re going to keep doing that.”

It’s worth noting that ALL IN was filled with a lot of the hokey pro wrestling nonsense you would also see in WWE, but AEW managed to stay away from all that with Double or Nothing. That’s not to say it doesn’t have a place in the space, but if you’re positioning yourself as the alternative, it does limit your options a bit.

That’s not a bad thing either. Clearly, considering the success of that show.

There’s a long road ahead, but so far there’s only excitement for it.

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