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Tony Khan Reveals What Led To Him Starting AEW + The Updated AEW Dynamite Lineup

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Tony Khan was a recent guest on the “Locked On NFL” podcast to discuss a variety of topics, including how the media rights bidding for WWE SmackDown helped him launch AEW.

The AEW President said, “It’s something I started working on in 2018. The idea to launch AEW, a lot of things came together, and I believed there were enough great wrestlers that would be available in the beginning of 2019 to launch a wrestling league. In April 2018, I started working on this. I was at a party in Beverly Hills on a Friday night. I saw my friend, who at the time was the President of TBS and TNT [Kevin Reilly]. I walked up to him, I was visiting with him a little bit, and I said, ‘Kevin, are you looking at bidding on wrestling TV rights?’ He was, and he was looking to bid on SmackDown.”

He continued, “He told me what he was willing to pay, he said, $150 to $175 million a year. I follow the industry closely, so I knew that it was going to go over $200 million, and it did. I pointed out, ‘I don’t know if that’s going to get it done. For a lot less than that, we could launch a new wrestling league on TNT and eventually TBS, too.’ That’s what happened.”

In other AEW news, we’ll see Claudio Castagnoli and PAC facing off in an Owen Hart Foundation match on this week’s AEW Dynamite.

You can check out the updated lineup for this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite below:

* AEW World Tag Team Championship Eliminator Match: The Young Bucks vs. The Acclaimed
* AEW Continental Championship Eliminator Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. TBA
* Owen Hart Foundation Cup Tournament Quarterfinals: Claudio Castagnoli vs. PAC
* MJF vs. RUSH
* Orange Cassidy, Dante Martin, Kyle O’Reilly & Mark Briscoe vs. Roderick Strong, Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita, Zack Sabre Jr.
* Toni Storm and Mina Shirakawa’s contract signing for Forbidden Door.
* Swerve Strickland and Will Ospreay have a face to face.
* Men’s and Women’s Owen Hart Foundation Cup Tournament bracket reveal.

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