Tony Khan on AEW & WWE’s “Mutual Hate” Helping Power the Wrestling Industry’s Hot Period & Potential Future Collaboration

IndieWire held a recent interview with AEW CEO Tony Khan. One of the topics discussed included Khan’s thoughts about the wrestling industry’s current hot period and AEW and WWE’s “mutual hate” competition helping power it.

“There’s a number of big factors that would play into why wrestling has seen such a great renaissance in recent years. I think it comes from the great competition in wrestling right now, and the fact that there are so many great stars competing right now.

Everyone knows that the most real thing in wrestling is the competition between the companies. The companies hate each other, and it will be a natural resource that powers the industry. They want to beat each other and take everybody’s free agents, and that makes it interesting for everybody else.”

In a separate interview with, Khan gave his thoughts about a recent report from Sports Illustrated about WWE’s current interest in working with other promotions and the possibility of AEW and WWE collaborating in the future.

“It’s an interesting thought. It would depend on the circumstance.”