Tony Khan Concerned About AEW Stars in G1 Tournament

Tony Khan's Support for Eddie Kingston's Dream Journey.

by Atia Mukhtar
Tony Khan Concerned About AEW Stars in G1 Tournament

The flourishing partnership between All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) continues to provide exciting opportunities for talent exchange. AEW's Eddie Kingston has been selected to represent Tony Khan's promotion in the highly demanding G1 Climax tournament, a revered competition renowned for its grueling nature.

Participants in this year's edition of the tournament are guaranteed to face at least seven intense matches, all in pursuit of earning a coveted shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. During a recent interview on Pacific Rim, Tony Khan expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunities his AEW wrestlers have been granted, particularly in prestigious tournaments held by NJPW.

He mentioned that AEW has previously sent participants to the G1, with Eddie Kingston's inclusion being the latest instance. Additionally, he highlighted Wheeler Yuta's involvement in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament last year, emphasizing the significance of having top stars from AEW represent the company in Japan.

Tony Khan's Worries for AEW Talents

Despite acknowledging the potential benefits and career milestones that the G1 and other tournaments offer AEW talent, Tony Khan admitted to having concerns about the toll it may take on his roster.

He said, "Absolutely I am, but at the same time, for Eddie Kingston, going to the G1 is a lifelong dream for him. It's something that he has wanted to do since he was very young, and it's something I want to make possible for him." Tony Khan further recognized Kingston's long-standing passion for puroresu (Japanese professional wrestling) and the immense personal significance the opportunity holds for him.

While acknowledging the risks involved, including the possibility of re-injury and potential time away from the ring, Khan affirmed his belief in Kingston's abilities and determination to represent AEW admirably throughout the tournament.

He expressed hope that Kingston would not only perform well but possibly even emerge as the G1 victor, an achievement that would be truly remarkable. The 2023 G1 Climax tournament is scheduled to commence on July 15th, culminating in the finals on August 12th.

However, before the G1 takes center stage, the attention of both AEW and NJPW will be focused on the Forbidden Door event, set to take place on June 25th in Toronto, Canada. This event serves as another exciting cross-promotional collaboration between the two organizations, further fueling the buzz surrounding the growing partnership and fostering anticipation for the upcoming G1 Climax tournament.

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