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Tony Khan Explains His Decision To Address CM Punk’s AEW Firing In Front Of Chicago Fans

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Insider.com interviewed Tony Khan ahead of this week’s AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam special.

During the interview, the AEW President spoke about his decision to address CM Punk’s firing in front of the Chicago fans at Collision the same day he fired Punk. When asked why he chose to speak from the ramp instead of the ring, Khan responded with the following explanation,

“You can’t see everybody’s face from the center of the ring. You have to choose one side of the crowd to face when you’re in the ring. And I wanted to be able to see everybody. I felt like, I’m not a wrestler and I don’t need to be in the ring, and for this moment, I thought I would just sit down and talk to everybody. That’s why I brought out a chair. And when I was done and walked backstage, the first person I saw was Ricky Steamboat and he said, ‘That was great, you turned the crowd. You turned them around. That’s so hard to do, and you did it.’ I felt I at least owed that much to the wrestlers and the fans, to go out there and talk to everybody.”

He continued, “Chicago is home to my family. I grew up in Champaign. I’ve been going to the United Center since it was first built when I was 11. My family was at the show, countless friends, everyone I grew up with. It meant a lot to go out and speak to the fans and be able to put on a great show.”

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