Tony Khan has so far presented himself as a soft and well spoken individual who takes care of his talent in All Elite Wrestling. However, one AEW star recalls a time where he lost his temper.
During last year’s Fyter Fest event, Shawn Spears made his debut for the company in a moment that shocked a lot of wrestling fans. Cody Rhodes took a heavy chair shot that was unprotected and looked awful to fans in the audience and at home.
Cody was on the AEW Unrestricted podcast to recall the details of that event, and remembers how Khan was heated at Spears for the way the attack went down and said Khan was “ripping into” Spears, along with Jon Moxley.
“The thing that gets talked about a lot and it’s safe to talk about now is the ‘gimmicked’ chair with Shawn Spears and how terribly wrong it all went. I actually told him last night. I told Ronnie, which is Shawn’s real name. I had told him it’s entirely my fault what happened. The whole thing is my fault. I did not have a concussion, but I definitely was shell-shocked.”
“When I came back and Steve Yu and all the Comeback Studio guys were filming, they were filming a very real moment, but I saw out of the corner of my eyes as I headed for the training room, Moxley and Tony Khan just ripping Spears to shreds. I hadn’t seen that side of the the owner, the founder, the chief [and] the boss Tony, and I hadn’t seen that side of Moxley. Some days, he says one half a word to you. Other days, he’s talking your ear off.”
“It was cool to see that because he cared about my health, and he cared about the product. And I could see him pantomiming to Spears on how he was supposed to do it, Tony’s agreeing because you’ve got a wrestler, he’s clearly got to be right, but he’s wrong. I really appreciated that he cared about me.”
Rhodes eventually took care of the scenario, because he was the one who told Spears to “swing for the fences,” but the moment still looked scary to all who viewed it. It also goes to show just how safety is important to all involved with AEW.
h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.
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