Tony Khan reveals the focus of AEW's weekly show.
Over the past few weeks, AEW President Tony Khan has heavily pushed the idea that All Elite Wrestling will be about the wrestling and not the skits. Khan, and other executive members of AEW, have stated that the promotion will be more sports-centric and wants to identify wrestling as a sport rather than sports entertainment.
In an interview with Busted Open, Khan expanded on the idea and gave clues as to what AEW's weekly show on TNT will look like.
"We have some social media stuff, specifically Being The Elite (BTE), the job they do in putting that together is amazing. BTE is going to be a lot different than the wrestling show we do. That's the point!" exclaimed Khan. "We're going to provide, as I've always said, a serious sport-based product with the best wrestling, with the best bell-to-bell. Along the lines that you saw [at Double or Nothing]. Something you're going to notice more and more in our shows is they're going to take place in and around the ring. We're not gonna go out of the arena, we're not going to spend half the show backstage in dressing rooms or choreographed segments.
Khan continued, "I'm really interested in focusing on the matches. There's plenty of time outside the matches to focus on storyline advancement and funny sketches. We can do all that -- and nobody does that comedy better than our guys. There's nothing funnier in wrestling than BTE. But there's a time and a place for it. People love BTE but you don't want to do 'haha, funny' on a serious wrestling show. We have a great balance between the two and we're going to keep doing that."
AEW is set to premiere on TNT at some point in the fall, though an official premiere date has not been announced.
Sean Ross Sapp and Andrew Thompson were in Vegas for AEW Double or Nothing. You can listen to their thoughts on the show by clicking here.