AEW President Tony Khan appeared on The Ariel Helwani Show last October. In the interview, Helwani asked numerous questions regarding the All Out backstage brawl. Khan dodged all the questions related to the incident.
Later, Ariel Helwani said that Tony Khan’s interview was one of the most frustrating interviews in his career. You can read Helwani’s full statement by clicking here. At the time, Tony Khan didn’t give any response to Helwani.
This past Friday on SmackDown, Ariel Helwani appeared through the Montreal Crowd to hype Elimination Chamber. Helwani’s appearance caught Tony Khan’s attention. Khan called Helwani a “fraud” and both exchanged a few tweets afterward.
During Elimination Chamber PLE, Michael Cole took a shot at Tony Khan by introducing Ariel Helwani as “the unbiased reporter who asks all the tough questions, whether you want to answer them or not.”
On his “83 Weeks” podcast, Eric Bischoff criticized Tony Khan’s behavior regarding Helwani’s WWE appearance.
“Tony is inviting a lot of this criticism. He acts like a petulant child in the way he responds, and his response to Ariel in the crowd was a petulant child whose feelings were hurt because somebody took his toy away from him. I mean, it’s just so absolutely childish. I think that’s a reflection, at least in my mind, of who Tony Khan is. He’s immature. He is a child with a vanity project. He’s passionate. I’m not taking anything away from that. It’s not like, you know, one eliminates the other, meaning, you know, great, his father’s worth however many billions of dollars. What I heard, I don’t know if it’s true or not, doesn’t matter if it is or isn’t, but I heard that at some point Tony launched this thing with $100 million of money that his dad was going to leave him in the will anyway. So it was Tony’s money, but it just came from his dad. Doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter if he earned that 100 million dollars coming up with a cure for cancer or whether he inherited it, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter. But when you act the way Tony acts and the way he reacts to things, I think it furthers a negative impression of him, and Tony should have never reacted the way he did to Ariel being out there.”H/T WrestlingNews.co
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