AEW President Tony Khan has reacted to the latest round of WWE releases, slamming the company in the process, saying their recent actions are “nothing to be proud of.”
Throughout 2021, WWE have released an ever-growing list of Superstars which includes Malakai Black, Braun Strowman, Mickie James and Ruby Soho. On November 18th the company made that list a little longer with the remaining members of Hit Row, John Morrison and Tegan Nox heading to the exit.
A number of those released Superstars have moved over AEW, while they were also joined by Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole when their WWE contracts expired.
Following the latest round of releases, Tony Khan had some harsh words for those within WWE. The AEW President said that the company didn’t offer “real contracts” only temporary arrangements.
Appearing on Busted Open Radio, Khan compared the situation to WWE, to how he conducts business in AEW.
“Anyone who signs a contract (in WWE) these days, is not signing a real contract. It’s a temporary arrangement. People who come wrestle with me, a lot of these people are frankly lifers and they know that. There are some people who are here, who work really hard and there are some people who come in and work more than really hard and I feel like is their actual life and will be with me for the rest of my life. I don’t know if everybody who works for my competition can say that. I think there are people who work there and they aren’t sure they will be there next week.”
Tony Khan continued, saying that WWE’s recent actions with regard to the number of releases is nothing to be proud of.
“There is a lot more security with a contract here. I can’t say I’m going to extend every contract or bring every person back, but I also haven’t been doing mass layoffs. I’m not the most profitable company of all time, I don’t brag about being the most profitable company of all time. I do brag about bringing in a lot of revenue for a start up and being a real success story.
What I will brag about is we haven’t been doing mass layoffs and we haven’t fired 15 people last week or 18 people the week before that. It’s not something to be proud of when a company lets all those people go and you’re putting press releases out like that frequently, I don’t think it’s a good thing.
I don’t want to make light of that kind of thing ever. When you talk about a bidding war, each person is their own individual case and there may be multiple people coming for his services, but we’ve seen most of the talent going in one direction and, I think that’s for a variety of reasons, but I’ve been very selective in the people I’ve signed and every time there has been a mass layoff on the other side it’s terrible and I can’t say I would be able to take on every one of these people,”
The news of the latest releases caught many by surprise, with Xavier Woods finding out about the cuts while taking part in a live TV broadcast.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.