WWE Hall Of Famer Admits Tony Khan Wouldn’t Take Him In AEW
WWE Hall of Famer Road Dogg has congratulated AEW on their success with ticket sales for All In and admits that he wanted Tony Khan to “take him to prom” but was turned down.
To outside observers, AEW has had a tumultuous few weeks as the CM Punk saga rumbled on overshadowing the announcement of the company’s new Saturday night Collision show. However, what can’t be taken away is the roaring success of ticket sales for Wembley Stadium in London, England for All In.
Over 60,000 tickets for the event have been sold since they went on sale, outselling WWE’s Clash at the Castle which was held in Cardiff, Wales in September 2022.
Speaking on his Oh…You Didn’t Know podcast, WWE executive Road Dogg gave props to Tony Khan’s company for that success and thinks the entire business might be on the verge of a boom period:
“I think they’ve done awesome at Wembley. That’s an incredible amount of tickets sold. It’s just, to me, it’s about business. That’s where I’m at in the business. I’m not in the trenches anymore, like fighting for a spot. Now I’m on the other side of the fence and thinking about the business aspect of this. So from that standpoint, what a huge success it is, and kudos to them for doing it.
“I think the timing is right. I’ve said this before, and I say it a lot with this job especially, the three Ts is timing, talent, and the team. I think the time is really good, I’ve said this before. It feels like there’s something rumbling, and dare I say, I feel like ‘97, but it feels like the business is either taking off, which it has already, but it’s continuing to do so, and that’s proof of it.
“I also think they’re not the first people to go global. He sold a few tickets there, we have too. I think from a lot of people, the question is, ‘Do you think they’re doing better than… it’s comparable, in a way,’ and I don’t know that it is. But they’re doing really well, and that’s cool.”
Road Dogg continued and touched on the leadership in both WWE and AEW and suggested from what he’s heard, the management in AEW might not be up to the standards of his employer but admits he wouldn’t know for sure as Tony Khan didn’t offer him a job when he asked for one following his WWE release in early 2022:
“They got great talent over there, we got great talent here. It’s obvious because they’ve been back and forth to one another. I think it’s awesome to have competition. I think they’re doing great. I think their doing great makes us do great, too. I think it’s a good time to be in the business.
“Three Ts, time, talent, and then the team, the leadership team. Look, that’s where I will get a little confrontational and opinionated.
“I think we got a great leadership team in place, and I think the right people are in the right spots to make the right things happen. I don’t know that I could say the same for the others, and yet I have no idea how the other is run. I want to be very clear on that. I’ve only heard from individuals. I have no idea, I’ve never experienced it. He wouldn’t have me, I asked. I asked him to take me to prom, and he wouldn’t take me.”