Tony Khan Always Wanted To Use Free Agency To Bring Interest Back In Wrestling

Free agency is always an exciting time in sports as players change teams, giving those teams and fans new hope entering into the new season.

In wrestling, free agency hasn't been as prominent with WWE being the top promotion and not having much competition.

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AEW has changed that, leading to an exciting time in wrestling where those on WWE television a month ago could show up in AEW.

Speaking to Busted Open Radio, Tony Khan explained how he always wanted to use free agency to help wrestling gain more attention.

"The amount of interest in professional wrestling in major media is the highest it's been in over 20 years. Last week was the first time two different wrestling companies have had two shows in the top 5. It's an exciting time. There is real competition. Free agency is definitely bringing new fans in, which was part of my business plan with AEW. The free agent cycle really hadn't existed in a meaningful way in professional wrestling in two decades. It would help lift the sport and lift interest in wrestling and bring fans back. We're starting to see that and we'll continue to see that through the summer and the rest of the year," he said.

AEW has already signed Andrade and Malakai Black following their respective WWE releases. They've also featured 2.0 (Ever-Rise in WWE), have teased the addition of CM Punk, and have reportedly signed Daniel Bryan.

For WWE, the contracts of Adam Cole and Pete Dunne are reportedly set to expire soon.

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