Tony Khan Reveals 'Most' Of AEW Roster Is Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Khan also revealed he has had the vaccine
Tony Khan has revealed that 'most' of the All Elite Wrestling roster has been vaccinated against COVID-19, including himself, but hasn't mandated that everyone on the roster receive the vaccine.
Reports have persisted around WWE's recent releases that the vaccination status of some of the names played a role in the decision to let them go.
Khan says he can see challenges arising around vaccinations as the company looks to continue touring further afield.
Speaking in an interview with Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch, Khan revealed: "I have got, most of the roster in AEW is vaccinated.
"There have been some places we went where everybody had to be vaccinated... I think when the company starts doing international travel, we'll see that for say, Canada, for England, places like that, it'll be very difficult for wrestlers to travel without it.
"So it will certainly present a challenge as we tour. And I know California, in the future, is a place that has very strict mandates. So, most of the roster is vaccinated, and as we continue touring, I think it's something that may come up. So, I understand why for some people, especially with the return to touring, international touring looming, why that would be an issue."
Keller then asked Khan directly whether or not he had been vaccinated against COVID.
Khan said: "Yeah. That's the first time somebody has ever asked me that on the record. But, yeah.
"I mean, I'm in the NFL. I mean, our access is very different if you're not. So I mean, it's different with players and ownership, yes, but all of us are under the same mandates and there's mask mandates in the locker room, and really it's a very different set of rules for the unvaccinated people in the NFL."
The AEW president then revealed he hasn't required his talent to get the vaccine.
"It has come up several times. I've not required it, same with the NFL, same with other wrestling leagues, but it will be a big challenge if you're not for a lot of circumstances. A great example was the Jericho cruise where all the wrestlers on the Jericho cruise had to be vaccinated."