Tony Khan is very proud of his work with All Elite Wrestling.
in a new interview with his alma mater, the University of Illinois, Tony talks about the success of the first episode of AEW Dynamite, "It was great. I was really happy to meet the fans, so happy," he said. "People were really excited about the show, and it shows because a lot of people came and watched it in person and on TV. So it was great."
Tony also discusses when he started working on forming the promotion and how Turner network involvement was there from the very beginning, "I started looking a year and a half ago about setting up a wrestling company, when I ran into my friend Kevin Riley, the president of TNT and CBS, at a party in Beverly Hills. We talked about it, and the ball started rolling. But the idea of doing a show that became AEW Dynamite was born right here in Champaign."
TNT must be very pleased as AEW has defeated NXT every week in the ratings since October 2.
Diversity has been something that the brand has promoted since the beginning. Tony made it very clear when speaking to Fighting Illini that he wants his brand of wrestling to be all-inclusive, "we’re bringing a focus on wrestling. We’re bringing an emphasis on wrestling matches and action taking place in or around the ring," said the AEW President. "We’ll do great interviews too, but in these segments, we can do it all in the arena and around the ring. We can do some stuff backstage; we just don’t spend half the show backstage. We want to offer people a show that doesn’t insult their intelligence, and really, it’s a fun show to watch. It’s a fast-paced show to watch and has the best wrestling action, but also has the best wrestling personalities. I want everyone to know that AEW is for everybody."
You can see new episodes of AEW Dynamite every Wednesday night at 8 PM Eastern on TNT Network in the US and FITE internationally.