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Does Tony Khan Have An Issue With Pro Wrestling NOAH Booking WWE’s Shinsuke Nakamura?



Is Tony Khan upset about WWE booking Shinsuke Nakamura to appear for Pro Wrestling NOAH despite NOAH being a company that he has a close working relationship with? Not in the least bit.

During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, the AEW President commented on Shinsuke Nakamura’s upcoming match with The Great Muta for Pro Wrestling NOAH, Colt Cabana and rapper Rick Ross appearing on this past week’s episode of AEW Dynamite, and more.

You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On Colt Cabana’s appearance on AEW Dynamite: “Chris Jericho has been wrestling a number of former Ring of Honor champions, competing against a number of ROH’s greatest stars like Claudio Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson, Dalton Castle, Bandido and now, Colt Cabana. It’s been an exciting series of matches against some great wrestlers who have legendary histories in Ring of Honor, and we’re seeing the ROH stars trying to stop Jericho from desecrating that title.”

On Jeff Jarrett signing with AEW and the possibility of more live events next year: “It makes a lot of sense for AEW to expand our live calendar in 2023 and beyond. There are many places in the U.S. and all over the world where AEW is very popular, and this is a strategic opportunity to expand. We also have Ring of Honor. There are a lot of exciting possibilities for us in live events, and Jeff has such extensive experience as a third-generation businessman in pro wrestling. He’s got tremendous experience in a number of fields, including live event promotions and international distribution. His insight and knowledge are very valuable, and I’m excited to have Jeff join our great team.”

On Pro Wrestling NOAH seeking AEW’s approval before booking Shinsuke Nakamura: “Yes. I have no problem with Nakamura working with them. It’s completely cool with us. This is about Muta. It’s great that wrestlers from all over the world can come together and pay tribute to Muta.”

On Mike Tyson being on commentary for AEW Rampage: “Mike has been part of AEW before, but never on commentary. He’s a historian, and someone who loves wrestling and fighting. He has won so many big fights in Atlantic City. He also watches AEW, he’s a fan and knows all about us, and having him on commentary is a great opportunity for us.”

On Rick Ross’ AEW Dynamite appearance: “Wednesday’s Dynamite was up against an NBA game and a World Series game that ended up having a no-hitter, so I knew we needed to make our show stand out ahead of the competition. Rick Ross is a fan of pro wrestling, and he’s a fan of AEW, and he was a fantastic addition to Dynamite. What a transition from seeing Shibata and Orange Cassidy in the ring to going backstage with Rick Ross, Swerve Strickland and Tony Schiavone. That was a neat moment, especially to have Keith Lee come in. Rick Ross fits in AEW like a glove.”

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