Tony Khan has revealed that 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's involvement as the host of Broken Skull Sessions was a huge part of why he allowed Chris Jericho to appear on the show on the WWE Network.
The online wrestling community was shocked last week when WWE announced that Jericho - now with All Elite Wrestling - would be the next guest on Steve Austin's interview-style show, which is shown on Peacock and the WWE Network.
It will be the first time that AEW and WWE have collaborated in any capacity since the former was launched, and Khan has admitted he was initially unsure about agreeing to Jericho being involved.
However, Khan says he trusts Steve Austin as a host and believes it presented an opportunity to promote AEW to a new audience.
Khan told Busted Open Radio: "Basically what happened was I had never even considered this was going to be a possibility. When I heard from Chris that this was something they wanted to do. I had to think about it for a minute.
"He and Steve had apparently talked, and Steve asked Chris if he had interest in this program, or I guess they had a conversation and it came up, but when Chris brought it up to me, at first I was taken aback because Chris doing something on Peacock, on WWE’s channel, is obviously going to give me pause.
"But when he said it was Steve hosting the show, I didn’t have to think very hard about it. Busted Open is an independent show. I really like being on with you guys. I really trust you and these times we have together, and and I really feel that way about Steve. Even though Steve works for WWE and even though that’s another wrestling company that we compete with, I trust Steve immensely, and obviously, I trust Chris.
"Just like I would trust Chris to do a great job on Busted Open, I trust him to a great job with Steve, and I trust Steve as a great interviewer. They’re both friends of mine, and I feel like it’s probably going to be a very good show. I haven’t watched it yet, but Chris told me I’m really going to like it, and it’s a great chance for us to go out and promote AEW to a different set of fans.
"I was all for it, and definitely Steve being the host had a lot to do with that.”
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