Heading into this Sunday’s Double or Nothing PPV, AEW President Tony Khan was a guest on the AEW Unrestricted podcast with Tony Schiavone and Aubrey Edwards.
Whilst hyping up Double or Nothing, Khan stated he sees it as somewhat of a launch point going forward, and said there will be significant growth for AEW going forward:
“There’s gonna be a huge expansion of the company and I think that’s where Double Or Nothing comes in,” said Khan “Our huge signature pay-per-view, we take our quarterly events seriously. I want Double Or Nothing to be one of the great pay-per-views we’ve done and I think the return of crowds is gonna help boost this great card. But I also think that we have to start expanding the roster in AEW and there’s gonna be great moments and great surprises on the show and I believe that we’re also just bell-to-bell gonna deliver an awesome wrestling pay-per-view for the fans at home and for all 5,000-plus in Daily’s Place.”
The timing makes sense, especially with the debut of AEW Rampage on the horizon, and Khan admitted as much;
"... with Rampage coming in, it’s a great time to expand. We’re gonna do all kinds of expansion, whether it’s the new show, new programming. We’re gonna launch quarterly specials with TNT, these super cards that I’m very excited about. And that is something that we all want and as we plan ahead with TBS and TNT – it’s great to have more programming ahead with TNT.”
Critics and fans alike have been concerned by AEW’s roster size as it is, with dozens of wrestlers already signed to the company. Khan didn’t necessarily clarify what expansion meant either, whether this is just the likely route of adding more big names to the company, or whether this includes giving more air time and significant stories to younger talent, we’ll have to wait and see.