• Tony Khan Says AEW Is The #1 Wrestling Company In The UK, Ahead Of WWE
During an interview on the Swerve City podcast, AEW President Tony Khan talked about All Elite Wrestling being WWE’s biggest competitor since WCW’s demise in 2001.
Tony pointed out that companies like TNA and ROH came after WCW ended, but they never reached the level that AEW has reached (even though TNA’s peak viewership was almost 3 million in the US when Hulk Hogan debuted, something even WWE doesn’t draw in the US these days).
Khan then claimed that AEW is the #1 wrestling company in the UK, ahead of WWE.
Below is what he said:
“There was nothing really since WCW went down that felt that way. Even at the end of WCW, they always had it. Until the day they actually pulled the plug, none of us believed that could ever happen.
It was unthinkable when it happened. Since then, there’s Impact (fka TNA Wrestling), which is great, but it’s like the zombie WCW.
The guys that were leftover from WCW, some of them went and started another wrestling company. There’s Ring Of Honor kind of, in some ways came up from the skeleton of what was ECW. Those companies built legacies that ironically lasted longer than the original companies.
These companies like we are talking about, Ring Of Honor is a great example. Other companies I just mentioned, got really affected I think by free agency. But they also have never reached the heights where AEW has reached.
I think it’s the first time since WCW, and I am not trying to say we have reached the same peaks as WCW. I don’t want to get misquoted or misconstrued. Because at one point WCW was the number one wrestling company all around the world overall.
There are parts of the world where we are #1, which is amazing, like the United Kingdom.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (May 11, 1991) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling
On this day in 1991, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1991’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. The Bushwhackers vs. Brian Costello & Doug Wallen
2. Sgt. Slaughter vs. Kevin Kruger
3. The Big Boss Man vs. Dan Johnson
4. Ricky Steamboat vs. Ricky Rice
5. Roddy Piper vs. Rick Martel
6. The Undertaker vs. George Anderson