Swerve Strickland Comments On If Tony Khan Is In Over His Head

Swerve Strickland on Tony Khan

All Elite Wrestling have had a tumultuous 2022 so far and the promotion's issues only deepened following a backstage fight between AEW EVPs Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks and then-AEW World Champion CM Punk & Ace Steel. 

All five men were suspended by the promotion following the incident while a third-party investigation is carried out. As of last word, that investigation had stalled

Following the backstage altercation, many questioned if Tony Khan was in over his head, especially since the backstage altercation was precipitated by a rant by CM Punk during his post-All Out media scrum. Tony Khan was present at the scrum but simply sat next to Punk and allowed him to take shots at Colt Cabana, The Elite, and Hangman Page.

Swerve Strickland addressed if Khan was in over his head on Say Less With Kaz, Lowkey and Rosy, noting that if he is, it can only be a good thing because the AEW President has to be challenged. 

"If he is in over his head, if he is, this is speculation on my part, if he is in over his head, good, because he has to be challenged that way. He needs to. He knows he needs to. You don't do a million-dollar gate on a Wednesday night at Arthur Ashe without challenges. You think that's easy? No. He should be going after these challenges. He should be dealing with locker room morale and 'this person wants this, this person wants this' and 'there's friction and things like that.' He has to go through that. If he doesn't, how do we grow? We have to go through growing pains. I don't understand how people think that's just an AEW thing. Vince McMahon has fought people. We've seen these things. That was 20 years in. They almost went bankrupt like how many times? AEW has to face these challenges because they have to grow and evolve. You don't grow and evolve without building Kevlar," Swerve said.

H/T to Fightful

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