Speaking after AEW All Out, Tony Khan appeared to cryptically praise legendary manager, turned podcaster Jim Cornette.
AEW All Out was a story of three debuts, an in-ring return and a new visitor via the forbidden door. The show went off the off the air with the debuts of Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole, while Ruby Soho had arrived to win the Women’s Casino Battle Royale earlier in the night.
Meanwhile, CM Punk saw off the challenge of Darby Allin in his first match in more than seven years and New Japan legend Minoru Suzuki confronted Jon Moxley in front of a stunned crowd.
During the media scrum following the show, Khan paid tribute to the person who he has learned the most from.
“As somebody I look up to said, wrestling fans watch the wrestling programme to see the wrestlers wrestle. And even if I don’t always follow everything he says, or haven’t always made him happy, that is probably the person I’ve learned the most about the wrestling business from. I don’t think he would probably take a lot of credit for me as his protégé, but the fact is he’s right about that.”
While not naming Jim Cornette, Khan used a phrase previously used by wrestling personality.
Jim Cornette, who worked with WWE for a number of years has previously been critical of their insistence that they are ‘Sports Entertainment’ rather than ‘Pro Wrestling.’ The podcaster has also been critical of AEW and Tony Khan but recently praised the AEW President for his tribute to Bobby Eaton.