Notes from Tony Khan’s All Out 2020 Media Call
AEW CEO Tony Khan held an All Out media call on Thursday discussing a variety of AEW related topics.
Some of the notable highlights included:
- Khan stated that the company is currently working on plans for both a new television series and the FTW Championship, which is currently held by Brian Cage and will be featured prominently on this new series.
- Khan stated that the “Tooth and Nail” match between Britt Baker and Big Swole will be a cinematic match. The reason for going in a cinematic route was due to AEW wanting to give Baker more time to shake off her ring rust before performing in front of live crowds again.
- Khan stated that despite AEW’s current working relationship with the NWA, the company currently has no plans to feature any other NWA talent for their upcoming shows. Khan also stated that it was Kenny Omega’s idea to bring in Thunder Rosa to be Hikaru Shida’s opponent at All Out.
- On the topic of Brock Lesnar’s free agency, Khan stated that he can not comment on Lesnar’s status nor if there have been any talks between the two.
- Khan stated that his booking philosophy for pay-per-view go-home shows are different than his usual philosophy for regular television shows. For go-home shows, Khan currently likes to have the first hour of Dynamite focus more on in-ring action and the second hour to be focus heavily towards storylines.
- On the topic of the company’s women’s division, Khan stated that he currently has plans to bring in more women talent to help boost the division. Khan also stated that the coronavirus pandemic has had a big affect on their women’s division in terms of their foreign-based talent who haven’t been able to travel for their shows.
Pentagon Jr. Given New AEW In-Ring Name
Pentagon Jr. reportedly will be going by a new ring name of Penta Cero M in AEW going forward, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s issue that the reason for the recent name change is due to marketing and merchandise-related reasons associated with Lucha Libre AAA’s ownership of the Pentagon Jr. name.
AEW officials reportedly have new marketing plans for Pentagon Jr and were no longer interested in using his AAA owned ring name but instead wanted to use the new Penta Cero M ring name that he currently owns the rights to.
Thunder Rosa Comments on Her Upcoming Match at AEW All Out 2020
Sports Illustrated held a recent interview with Thunder Rosa. One of the topics discussed included her thoughts on the online criticisms towards AEW’s women’s division and her upcoming AEW Women’s World Championship match at this Saturday’s All Out event.
“I’m the NWA women’s champion, and I get to walk into an AEW pay-per-view for a match against Hikaru Shida—to me, that is an honor. I know people have been very hesitant about what they’ve seen in the last couple of weeks in the AEW women’s division. I’ve read the criticism, but we are going to show what a championship match should look like. I’ve been visualizing my entrance, my moves, my MMA technique, and I wish I was getting in the ring with her right now.”