Following All Elite Wrestling’s (AEW) “Fight For The Fallen” event this past weekend, promotion president Tony Khan spoke at a media scrum to discuss several different topics. Khan talked about wrestling owners playing on-screen characters and figuring out the right number of pay-per-views (PPV).
Here are the highlights:
Wrestling owners playing on-screen characters: “I don’t think every wrestling owner [has been an onscreen] character. Well, a lot of times, it’s like a broad babyface, like doing what I and my dad do. Bring the check out or whatever. Like you know, it wasn’t like Jim Crockett, who turned heel. You don’t have to do it. You know what I mean?
“I don’t think — if my dad hadn’t have wanted to do the thing, I could’ve just as easily brought the check out. I don’t I would’ve been trying to be a character. We’re just trying to do a nice thing for the city. It’s our building. He owns the the building that we’re doing it in, so I thought it was cool. But I was glad he wanted to do it. I have no desire to go out there. I’m happy sitting behind the curtain at that desk.”
Figuring out right number of PPVs: “And as far as the number of PPVs, I’m not sure what the right number is, but I do know there’s going to be shows that are going to be longer, where there’s going to be more behind ’em, and you can see that. It’s not just me picking those shows. It’s natural selection. You’ll see. I think there’s going to be a Starrcast III in Chicago, and it’s going to be really special weekend.
“There’s going to be a lot happening there. But the right number of PPVs, I don’t have the exact number for you right now, but we won’t cram — I want to give people the amount of wrestling they want to see. So, I want to pick the perfect number. I think you don’t want to oversaturate, and that’s one of the things we’re trying to be really careful of doing here with the weekly TV, what I expect to be a weekly two-hour TV show that I’ve pretty consistent about wanting to do.
“And not a lot more than that if any. And pay-per-view wise, it’s definitely something I can see where people can be concerned. Too much is not a good thing when it comes to PPV.”
H/T 411Mania for the transcriptions