One of the bigger criticisms of AEW so far is the booking of their women’s division. Surely the pandemic hasn’t helped, with several of their talent stuck overseas and injuries to talents like Kris Statlander and Britt Baker hampering the growth and development of the division.
Tony Khan has heard the criticisms and he understands.
Speaking at the Full Gear media scrum after last night’s event, Khan talked more about their working relationship with the NWA in regards to the women’s division and the criticism the build to the Hikaru Shida/Nyla Rose title match. If you recall, Rose said she would not wrestle until she got a rematch against Shida for the Women’s Title and was held off television until then.
“Serena Deeb, who is a full-time AEW wrestler and a really important part of our roster, is the NWA Women’s World Champion. So, I mean, there was definitely a relationship and there’s definitely a good chance you’re going to see the NWA title defended here but the AEW Women’s title is still our top priority. We have a great Women’s Champion in Hikaru Shida. She’s defended the title against many top contenders and I think there’s still some good matches in front of her. But I thought the match she had tonight was excellent.”
“I understand what people are saying about the division. I should have probably done better to put some of Nyla’s story when she said she wasn’t going to wrestle again and Vickie said she was going to wrestle again until they got the title shot. I should have used that on Dynamite more. I watch Dark very closely and work on Dark very closely and book Dark, so I’m obviously watching Dark, but I forget sometimes that there’s about half the audience watches Dark for us, typically.”
“I probably should have put that on and then, to be honest, the time in the real world, Vickie was not able to come those weeks, not because she was sick, but because it was a conflict that she always had. So I gave her that time off and I probably should have made it clear… There’s a lot to putting the shows together.”
Khan added that while the AEW Women’s Championship remains top priority, the NWA Women’s Title matches they feature receive input from Billy Corgan.
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