The present should go on. That has been the mantra of All Elite Wrestling all through the month of September, as the corporate generated a million-dollar gate for AEW All Out and has routinely executed seven-figure viewership on weekly episodes of AEW Dynamite. A bulk of this success has come within the aftermath of the aforementioned All Out, which was marred with controversy on account of CM Punk’s post-show press convention. Punk blasted former buddy Colt Cabana, ran down rival “Hangman” Adam Page, and criticized the management talents of AEW Executive Vice Presidents Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks. Following this rant, a backstage battle broke out between Punk, Punk’s coach Ace Steel, Omega, and the Bucks, resulting in suspensions for all concerned.
Reports have circulated on the rapid penalties and implications of this altercation, however All Elite Wrestling has but to make an official remark. AEW President Tony Khan doubled down on that in a latest look on Rock 105.3’s The Show.
“I can’t really comment on any of that,” Khan stated when requested about Punk’s phrases at his presser (h/t Fightful). “What’s going on is, it’s the best show in pro wrestling tomorrow night on TBS. AEW Dynamite Grand Slam.”
Despite the controversy leaving the pay-per-view, AEW has delivered consecutive million-viewer editions of AEW Dynamite. While the September eighth episode opened with a transparent pivot from earlier plans, as each the AEW World and Trios Titles have been vacated, AEW has soldiered on by operating high-caliber matches like Bryan Danielson vs. Hangman Page and Jon Moxley vs. Sammy Guevara.
“Since All Out, it’s been very newsworthy shows and they’ve also been some of our best shows and best ratings. That’s for a reason,” Khan continued. “AEW has put on some of our best matches. Right now, there is a lot of excitement in the company, not only with all the big championship fights, people are excited about the return of MJF. That’s pretty huge. That’s one of the main things we’re focused on in AEW.”
Khan was pressed for a response to the backstage state of affairs once more, which he declined. Instead, the AEW founder put highlight on one of many firm’s greatest positives proper now: MJF’s return.
“I’m not going to comment again on that, but I will say that MJF’s return has been a massive needle mover for AEW and has generated a ton of interest,” Khan stated. “Having MJF back on Dynamite has been great. That’s another reason why we’ve seen a great ratings bump. He’s a great star and a huge part of AEW.”
AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam airs tonight at 8 PM ET.