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Tony Khan Compares Current AEW Roster To 1997 WCW Roster

Posted By: Ben Jordan Kerin on Aug 31, 2021

Tony Khan Compares Current AEW Roster To 1997 WCW Roster

During a recent interview on Busted Open Radio, AEW President Tony Khan discussed trying to build stars for the future, comparing the AEW somewhat to the WCW roster in 1997.

On the AEW roster to WCW in 1997:

“I don’t want to compare our roster to anything, ever, but I like to compare our roster sometimes to what I think was the hallmark great roster, which was 1997 WCW where you had all these stars and all this young talent. I really do my best to try to utilize the roster even better than they were when they were a successful company and printing money in 97 and 98. They had a lot of young talent that they didn’t realize and they could have built for the future to help make it a profitable company that they never want to shut down. They could have made it a money-printing machine if they developed the young talent in-house that they had like Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, and Rey Mysterio.”

On his philosophy on building stars for the future: 

“I do try to build stars for the future and that’s why you have so many great homegrown stars that are being featured at All Out. There are great opportunities here and I don’t think Jericho, Mysterio, and Guerrero got those same opportunities when they were on a roster with the all-time names like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Randy Savage, and Roddy Piper. What a great TV business they built with that roster that unfortunately didn’t last, but I think would have lasted longer if they had built the young stars the way I try to do.”

Source: fightful.com
Tags: #aew #wcw #tony khan

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