• Tony Khan Reveals The Man Responsible For The Birth Of AEW
During an interview on the Swerve City podcast, AEW President Tony Khan gave credit to his father Shahid Khan for being a successful businessman and being the man responsible for the birth of All Elite Wrestling.
For those who don’t know, Shahid invested $100 million in AEW in 2019.
Below is what Tony said:
“I happened to be someone who loved the wrestling business, but had worked in sports. And I was very fortunate my dad came over from Pakistan when he was 16 to go to college at the University of Illinois. That’s where he met my mom, then I was born there in Illinois.
He started a business and it took off, but he kind of came here with nothing. And he is the big success, he is the reason this all happened. He’s said it, we had a really ugly Christmas, 2018. Because I had already frankly told [Chris] Jericho and other people, ‘we are going to do this.’
I pretty much had a bunch of people verbally ready to go, and a bunch of contracts were set to expire at the start of 2019. I had a business plan ready to go, which is AEW now.
He was like, ‘this isn’t going to work, we are going to lose millions, you have no guarantee.’ I had no TV deal at that point for it, and it was a huge gamble.
He has gone into Forbes, and a couple of times on the record, and said he was completely wrong.”
Happy Birthday to the best man I've ever known, to whom I'm eternally grateful, the great Shad Khan. I love you, Dad pic.twitter.com/npGSV7JEe1
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) July 18, 2016
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWE HISTORY (May 10, 2004) – WWE Monday Night RAW
On this day in 2004, World Wrestling Entertainment aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE Monday Night RAW’.
This episode was broadcasted from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE Bad Blood 2004’ PPV.
Here’s the official match-card from that night:
1. Triple H vs. Shelton Benjamin
2. Batista vs. Tajiri
3. Intercontinental Title: Randy Orton vs. Edge
4. Molly Holly, Jazz & Gail Kim vs. Victoria, Nidia & Stacy Keibler
5. Eugene vs. Rob Conway
6. Steel Cage Match: Chris Jericho vs. Christian