John Skyler: Tony Khan Khan Paid Me While I Was Injured, AEW Helped Me Get Through My Recovery

John Skyler clears the air about his previous injury.

On May 24, All Elite Wrestling announced that the company had signed Aussie Open (Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher). Davis is currently out injured, and Fightful Select reported that AEW CEO Tony Khan paid for Davis' surgery, though the team wasn't under contract at the time of the procedure. John Skyler, who competed for AEW multiple times during the pandemic era, suffered a torn ACL on AEW Dark in June 2020. He later described how Khan and AEW took care of him while he was recovering.

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In a series of tweets, Skyler responded to someone who noted that Khan paid for his rehab with "other intentions." Skyler stated that Khan paid him when he was hurt at a time when he didn't have to, and Khan's kindness kept him afloat during uncertain times. As for his recovery, Skyler also noted that he was allowed to rehab with AEW doctors, though he was not contracted with the company. He stated that he wouldn't have made it through this challenging time without Khan and the AEW medical team.

The full message is as follows:

Tony is a fantastic human with a huge heart. This always gets misconstrued so I’d like to clarify so there is no confusion. I got hurt. Tony paid me every week I was hurt during a pandemic. When he didn’t have to. It was a time when I didn’t know how I was going to pay my bills.

So Tony’s kindness was what kept me a-float during uncertain times. I have health insurance. I was able to pay for my surgery. Tony and his team made sure my surgery wasn’t going to be an issue, and even consulted with me to find a world renowned surgeon near my hometown.

Tony and the AEW medical staff allowed me (non-contracted at the time) to also rehab with their doctors. Another huge blessing in a time of need. I wouldn’t have made it through those times/global shutdown without Tony and his ENTIRE MEDICAL team.

Hopefully this clears up any confusion.

Skyler, a 15-year veteran, signed a multi-year deal with IMPACT Wrestling in December 2022.

Catch up on our coverage of the May 24 episode of AEW Dynamite here. For a full review, check out our post-show podcast on our YouTube channel.

Click here to see what Skyler had to say about his goals in IMPACT Wrestling.

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