In late 2018, Tony Khan, who is a life-long avid fan of professional wrestling, filed for several trademarks for a new venture that was shortly thereafter confirmed to be a new professional wrestling promotion, All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
The company then was officially announced on January 1, 2019, along with its very first event, Double or Nothing, which took place on May 25, 2019 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tony Khan serves as the lead executive figure for the newly founded wrestling promotion drawing from his experience in management as a business executive of sports franchises.
In a recent interview with Wrestling Inc, AEW President reflected on working with wrestlers vs. other athletes: “I am a wrestling person who speaks the language of a wrestling person and that makes it easy for me and everyone here,” said Khan.
“At my heart I love wrestling more than anything else. People ask me if I get nervous and I get a lot more nervous before a Jaguars or Fulham game. But I get more excited and have more fun at AEW than anything else. The shows are fun and we have fun doing them.
We don’t just have fun putting them on as we have fun putting them together. I love that process and it’s really special to me”.