AEW Star Trusted by Tony Khan to Book Show in His Absence

AEW Tony Khan reveals backup plan amid personal concerns.

by Atia Mukhtar
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AEW Star Trusted by Tony Khan to Book Show in His Absence
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Tony Khan, the beating heart behind All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as its Head of Creative, is known to have a firm grip on the booking reins. Responsible for crafting the weekly shows and ensuring fans remain on the edge of their seats, Khan's role in AEW is pivotal.

Although he does employ assistance, the mere thought of passing his booking baton to someone else is borderline unthinkable. Yet, it seems that such a contingency plan does exist. In an enlightening conversation with the Hollywood Reporter, Tony Khan, founder and co-owner of AEW, opened up about this very notion.

The behind-the-scenes discussions about potential successors in the event of an unforeseen circumstance involved not only Khan but his father, Shad, as well.

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Tony Khan shared, "He hasn't been around as much lately due to recovery from an injury.

But in the face of any unforeseen mishap, say I got hit by a bus or became incapacitated in any way, I've communicated to my father that Bryan Danielson is the person to steer the ship." This revelation isn't entirely surprising for industry insiders.

Reports have swirled that Danielson, a former WWE standout, has recently been contributing to AEW's creative think tank. Before joining AEW, Bryan Danielson was an instrumental member of the creative team for WWE's "SmackDown" under the leadership of Vince McMahon.

While specifics about his contributions remain under wraps, it's widely believed that he championed Claudio Castagnoli, popularly known in WWE circles as Cesaro. Danielson pushed for Cesaro, his Blackpool Combat Club teammate, to grab more limelight on WWE broadcasts.

This insight into Khan's trust in Danielson reinforces Bryan's significant presence not just in the squared circle but also in the broader wrestling business dynamics. It's a testament to his talent, versatility, and profound understanding of the industry's intricacies.

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