Tony Khan wants as diverse a roster as possible.
The thing about Tony Khan as about a promoter is that he doesn’t do half measures when it comes to his roster. He has signed many stars who don’t look like you’re average pro wrestler, but that has not made Khan shy away from signing the talent.
Khan recently went on The Ringer Wrestling Show and discussed his thoughts on recruiting black wrestlers. Khan said that maintaining diversity in the company is “very important” to him.
I was trying to build a better roster and a more diverse roster, frankly, and the best wrestlers at that time were not available to build a diverse roster. Keith Lee, Swerve Strickland, Athena, Stokely Hathaway, the best manager in wrestling. These were not people that were available to us. So I would have killed to have them and when they we got released, I thought it was crazy. Every one of those people getting out of their contract getting released, being on the street, looking to wrestle work for us. It was crazy to me. And I’m so happy that we’re all here.
I’ve always wanted to build a really diverse roster and through a combination of free agents getting available that I never would have thought would be available to us without their contract expiring, some of them got released. And the other ones that we’ve built up that have been great stars have helped us build a more diverse better roster than we started with.Tony Khan To The Ringer Wrestling Show
Clearly, diversification is one of the primary goals for Tony Khan when it comes to his available roster for AEW programming each week. Time will tell how Tony aims to continue diversifying the AEW roster.
Transcription by WrestlingNews.co
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