Jim Ross Praises Tony Khan For His Work Ethic And Enthusiasm, Compares AEW To The AFL

Jim Ross has had many bosses during his tenure in the wrestling business. But he's never worked for anyone quite like Tony Khan. Ross spent decades working under Vince McMahon, and while he praised McMahon on his way out of the company earlier this year, he offers just as much praise to his new boss.

Speaking to Richard Deitsch on the Sports Media podcast, Ross gave his thoughts on the leadership style of Khan and offered a football comparison when it comes to AEW against WWE.

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"The rotor in the water is Tony Khan. He's the hardest working, most enthusiastic, educated wrestling fan I've ever encountered. His passion alone is one of the things that makes it fun to go to work because I've never worked for anybody quite like him. He is demonstratively enthusiastic. It's infectious."

Ross continued, "It's a different atmosphere than the more structured -- it reminds me of how structured the old NFL was back in the day and then how the AFL came on the scene and how outlandish they seemed to be. I feel we're a little bit in that area where the established big dog is still the big dog. The more successful WWE is, the more successful all wrestling is. As long as they're doing well, we can ride that tide to some degree. But most importantly, we make our own waves."

The American Football League lasted a decade before merging with the NFL in 1970.

Khan got to live out a dream on a recent dark segment following AEW Dynamite, delivering a Stunner to Shawn Spears. You can view footage of Khan dropping Spears with the Stunner by clicking here.

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