In a recent development that has the wrestling community buzzing, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) President Tony Khan has openly criticized WWE for its declining viewership, specifically calling out marquee names like John Cena and The Undertaker for failing to attract a million viewers.
Khan went on to suggest that WWE's Vince McMahon has "allegedly leveraged his considerable influence to fire shots" at competitors.
Chris Jericho Speaks Out
AEW superstar Chris Jericho weighed in on Tony Khan's controversial remarks during an exclusive interview with TheMessanger.com.
"Look, I've been in this business long enough to know that bosses will be bosses, and billionaires will act like billionaires. I've been working under billionaires for a quarter of a century," Jericho stated. Jericho continued, "Tony Khan is a man of his own making.
He's not just the President; he's the creator of AEW. He's also a product of the social media generation. So, you can't really tell him what to do or not to do when it comes to expressing himself online." When asked if he would advise Khan to tone down his social media activity, Jericho was clear.
"I'm in no position to tell Tony to put down his phone. He's the boss, he owns AEW, and he has every right to say what he wants. If I were to make those kinds of statements, it would be a different story because I don't have the same level of authority.
Tony Khan has earned the right to steer this ship any way he sees fit." Jericho's comments underscore the unique corporate culture at AEW, where the lines between executive decision-making and social media candor seem to blur more than in traditional wrestling promotions.
As AEW continues to challenge WWE's long-standing dominance, the wrestling world will be watching closely to see how this high-stakes war of words unfolds.