AEW president Tony Khan has spoken out about the excessively gory criticism that often appears on his company’s shows.
The Jacksonville promotion has recorded a catalogue of bloody races including Britt Baker vs. Thunder Rosa, Teddy vs. Rabbit and Penelope Ford, and Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley, which makes The company was fined.
However, as he explained to Long Island News Channel 12, Tony Khan didn’t give much credit to the criticism. Khan said that in-circle products have always been the focus, noting that the bloodbath was generally well-received:
“Certainly not every week, you don’t see it every week … for the most part, you see the focus on in-ring action, but every once in a while, when things get out of hand, it’s old-school pro wrestling. The approach is very healthy and has been well-received by our media partners and fans.” (H/T: Aggressive)
WWE itself has issued a statement regarding the use of blood in AEW products. They described the product as “bloody self-mutilation”. Given that WWE has further mentioned that partners and fans are the crowd who would reject such products, Tony Khan’s response can be seen as a response to this criticism.
AEW announcer Jim Ross has previously commented on the promotion’s use of blood
Jim Rose has previously offered his take on AEW and its semi-routine use of blood. Speaking of Grilling JR, he described Thunder Rosa and Britt Baker’s acclaimed Lights Out clash as the right time to use blood:
“It shows and shows the violence and aggression that both women have. If we did that every week, it wouldn’t make sense,” Jim Rose said. (HT: inside the rope)
The lights-out match between Rosa and Britt garnered such positive attention that it served as a springboard for their title race earlier this year. Their feud would eventually lead to Thunder Rosa’s coronation as the AEW Women’s Champion.
You can check out Tony Khan’s full interview below:
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