When Tony Khan wants to take his AEW show on the road, he prefers to set his GPS in the Northeast.
In an interview with News 12, the owner of the AEW (All East Wrestling) acknowledged there were a surplus amount of AEW events taking place in the Northeastern states and the New York City metropolitan area.
“We’re running a lot of great shows around the Northeast — it’s so many great wrestling markets in one geographic region,” he said, adding an unsubtle dig at WWE. “I’ll say it, the crown jewel of wrestling markets — the real crown jewel of wrestling markets, not some BS overseas in Saudi Arabia.
“New York City is where you want to be. And I love, love, love New York. And as a wrestling fan, I’ve had a special connection to the city. Some of my first memories of watching sporting sports in New York are watching the Bulls and the Knicks and watching the Bears and the Giants. … But, really, for me, wrestling has been my first love, so as a sports fan you can’t be a wrestling fan without loving New York City [and] without having this great connection to the fans up here.”
Khan Fasten the Northeast as having “so many great fans up here, and it’s a great opportunity for us this year to grow our live event business. So, we’re doing more events up here than ever before.”
He posed that AEW events in Albany and Buffalo broke records with high ratings and emphasized Wednesday night’s event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens and next week’s event in Philadelphia.