Tony Khan Says TNT ‘By no means Mentioned Don’t Do Surprises’
Throughout final week’s episode of the Speak Is Jericho podcast, Chris Jericho stated TNT didn’t need any extra shock debuts after Sting appeared on AEW Dynamite final December.
This rule was apparently put in place to reap the benefits of the scores when asserting one thing upfront.
“When Sting was a shock, [TNT] was like ‘don’t do this once more.’ That’s why Paul Wight was introduced on social media as a result of TNT stated, ‘We don’t need surprises, we wish to reap the benefits of the scores.’ We had a giant shock, a giant announcement, and we used the massive announcement to announce the following large shock. I believe that’s one of many causes too, to unfold it out slightly” (Transcript Fightful)
Following Jericho’s assertion, Tony Khan supplied some clarification throughout an interview with Mike Johnson of PWInsider Elite (subscription required).
Khan said Jericho’s assertion wasn’t precisely how the dialog occurred, as he was the one talking with TNT representatives. He additionally made it clear, “TNT by no means stated don’t do surprises”. He did nonetheless state there’s a stability in how bulletins ought to be made, with some making extra sense upfront, whereas others work as surprises.
“It’s a combined bag, I’d say it’s precisely the way it occurred…Level being I don’t assume that’s precisely how the dialog occurred, I do know, I’m the one who had it. That’s not precisely how the dialog with TNT went. There’s a stability between asserting issues upfront like we’ve achieved with Mike [Tyson] coming in for this week, or with Paul Wight coming in, telling followers upfront when one thing’s coming, or surprises that got here out of nowhere like when Sting confirmed up. I believe that’s an excellent stability to have, and I believe we’ll be doing each”
“I wish to make it clear, TNT by no means stated don’t do surprises, they thought that was nice, they usually acquired an enormous response to Sting, and I believe in doing the announcement with Paul, they have been excited to do one with a press launch, it’s an excellent technique” (Transcript HeelByNature.com)
Mike Tyson can be showing on AEW Dynamite this week, the corporate issued a press launch upfront of his return to the promotion.
AEW’s final main shock was Christian Cage debuting throughout their Revolution pay-per-view this previous February.