Tony Khan, AEW President gave his comments on AEW Double Or Nothing event and said that the event had crushed rival company, WWE’s biggest event, Wrestlemania during Thursday’s episode of The Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast.
Tony Khan: It was a much better PPV
Tony Khan, CEO of AEW began with praising the Double Or Nothing event. He said, “Furthermore, I hate that it’s come to this. I hate that this is what we have to do, but I’ve used this analogy privately and publicly and I’m sorry to give such a long-winded answer. The pandemic has been the best example of this.”
Tony Khan continued, “There have been such highs and lows in this pandemic, trying to do great things. To come back and do Double or Nothing and do that, I thought Double or Nothing was like the bastion of ingenuity. To be able to sit back, and it’s like, ‘OK, we you know with what we have. How can we do a great pay-per-view?’ I thought and I’m sorry, I’ll just be honest.”
He spoke about dealing with the pandemic situation and said,“We were both operating during the pandemic. I tested everybody coming in. This might be the pullout quote of the press conference, but I’m going to say it, I thought Double or Nothing kicked the crap out of WrestleMania.“
“It[Double Or Nothing] was a much better PPV. We were both operating under difficult circumstances. I think ours, we were fortunate. It was a little bit later in the pandemic, and we had implemented testing and we were doing testing at that time, but when we did Double or Nothing, we were still the only ones doing testing.”
“We [had] a good testing plan at that point. To set up a bubble and do that PPV, I was so proud of it. We’ve come a long way since Double or Nothing.”
The event was supposed to be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Nevada,Paradise. But the event was moved to Daily’s Place amid the global pandemic of Covid-19.
However, the main event match was pre-recorded and featured at TIAA Bank Field. The team of Matt Hardy and The Elite (Adam Page, Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) collided with the team of The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara, Santana and Ortiz) in Stadium Stampede match.
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