Tony Khan believes professional wrestling is art.
As part of the revamp, Khan mentioned that he wanted to make the WWE Superstar system easy for those who were able to get there.
"What we found, it's part of why we did the tryout yesterday, we want to make sure it's easy for folks who want to be WWE Superstars is figuring out how to become WWE Superstars. If you think of the life of an elevated athlete, throughout their career, the opportunity to go play somewhere has always been easy. Being able to play somewhere is not, that's what's hard. If you're an amazing high school football player, colleges come after you, you get recruited, you go into their system and either you make it or don't make it. All that it takes to get there, very difficult, but the system, not difficult. We want our system to be an easy system where people who want to be superstars know how to get to us and we can get to them," he said.
Shortly after the interview dropped, AEW President Tony Khan posted the following tweet:
Professional wrestling is an art form. You don’t create great artists by training them all to paint by numbers in the same way.— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) August 22, 2021
WWE created the Performance Center in 2013 and has recruited athletes and independent wrestlers throughout the years, bringing them up through the developmental system and NXT before they potentially head to the main roster.
AEW has long stated its philosophy is to allow wrestlers to "play their own music" when it comes to their style in the company.