Tony Khan, the founder and co-owner of AEW, has provided insight into the behind-the-scenes friction involving CM Punk and certain members of The Elite faction, including Kenny Omega, Adam Page, and The Young Bucks. When questioned about his approach to handling such tensions in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Khan shared his perspective:
“The most important thing to me as the CEO is the wrestling fans. I’m a huge wrestling fan, and I try to think like a wrestling fan. I want the best wrestlers here in AEW. I want the best roster. And there may be some of them that don’t get along with each other backstage or on TV. It’s not ideal, but it’s a reality, and I can’t make everyone get along. I’m not sure it’s necessarily even in the best interest of pro wrestling for everybody to get along.
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“But ideally, everybody is going to be able to focus on their matches and putting on the best shows for the fans. And I think that’s what we’ve been doing. We’ve had really strong ratings. So even though…wrestlers backstage hate each other and don’t want to be friends with each other, I think we all agree this is a really exciting time for the company. And it’s a really exciting time for the wrestling business and for the wrestling fans”.
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