Tony Khan Faces Criticism for Trying to Emulate Vince McMahon’s Legacy in AEW

AEW President Tony Khan’s passion for professional wrestling can never be questioned, as he truly loves the business. However, he has been subjected to a lot of criticism over the past year. Now it appears Khan has been accused of wanting to be seen as Vince McMahon.

CM Punk and Jack Perry had been suspended following their backstage confrontation at AEW All In, which eventually led to Tony Khan firing CM Punk. Khan would then provide the reason behind Punk’s firing.

Prior to this, AEW had to deal with a lot of drama as well that ended up damaging the company’s reputation. While speaking on 83 Weeks, WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff accused Tony Khan of wanting to be seen as Vince McMahon.

“Tony wants to see himself, so badly, as the Vince McMahon of WWE or the Paul Heyman of ECW or even the Eric Bischoff of WCW — when it was successful. Tony wants or needs that recognition so badly that — whether it’s because he’s so immersed in other things or if he’s just driven by his ego — he’s not making those decisions [to delgate] or choices to let other people [help him].



Tony has people around him, at this moment, that have so much more experience and are probably way better at creative and understanding the wrestling audience. Because Tony, I think, understands the wrestling audience that, in his mind, he was. He’s writing for himself, he’s writing for 14-year-old Tony Khan who is showing up at ECW events, and writing things that stimulated him at that point in time.”

Tony Khan was also advised to not be liked but respected after all the backstage drama in AEW. Only time will tell whether Tony Khan will heed Eric Bischoff’s advice and improve the company.

What’s your view on what Eric Bischoff said? Do you believe Tony Khan’s ego will lead to AEW’s downfall? Let us know in the comments!

September 16, 2023 6:53 am


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