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Tony Khan Comments On AEW’s New Banned List

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According to Fightful Select, AEW has a new safety protocol for their wrestlers & some things are banned from being used or done during a match.

Below is the banned list:

– Unprotected chair shots to the head

– Shots to the back of the head

– Buckle Bombs & blind moves backward into the turnbuckle

– Fencing responses (unnatural position of arms following a concussion)

– Seizure sells

– Spitting, bleeding in the crowd, weapons or projectiles in the crowd, taking drinks or food from guests in the crowd or physical contact with the crowd (although MJF has done this)

– Blood on objects should also not be thrown in the crowd

The following needs to be approved by medics & coaches:

– Spots and bumps on the ring apron and outside

– Table/ladder/chair spots in and out of the ring (Only allowed with padding)

– Any elevated spots outside of the barricades (dives and ladder spots on stage, around the arena, and other places outside of the ring)

– All piledriver/tombstone variations, including: sit down drivers, inverted/poison hurricarana and vertebreakers

– High-risk dives or top rope moves (450, 630, Double Moonsaults, Shooting Star Press, etc.)

– Intentional bleeding (of any sort, not just blading)

– Throwing people into/through/over ring steps, commentary table, bell table, or guardrails/barricades

– Chairs, pipes, kendo sticks, hammers, ring bells, bats, chains, Title belts

– Thumbtacks, skewers, barbed wire, and other sharp/puncturing objects

– Powders, aerosol sprays, or liquids

– Throwing any weapons or objects – chairs, etc.

– Choking/strangling with hands or a weapon or hanging spots

– Injury spots or angles, whether or not medical is involved/called to the ring

– Any physicality in the crowd or crowd brawling

– Any physicality involving referees, managers, extras, celebrities, or special guests

During an interview on The Dan Le Batard Show, AEW President Tony Khan had the following to say about this list:

“I want to have a great pro wrestling company, a hard-hitting pro wrestling company. Those aren’t really crazy changes. It’s nothing that’s going to change the show.

It’s really more guidelines for the referees than anything else, and it’s good stuff for the wrestlers to know.”

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