Tony Khan comments on AEW 'banned moves' list, says it's something that informally existed before

Originally published at Tony Khan comments on AEW 'banned moves' list, says it's something that informally existed before

The reported ‘banned moves’ list is addressed by Tony Khan. 

Going into Ring of Honor Death Before Dishonor and AEW Blood & Guts, Tony Khan hosted a media call and and he touched on the leaked ‘banned moves’ document that was first reported on by Fightful Select

Khan said he won’t confirm everything in the document, but downplayed that it’s something new. He stated that it has informally existed before. 

Prior to the media call, he joined The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and said the list is not going to change the show. He added that it’s more so guidelines for the referees and good information for wrestlers to know. 

Additional notes from the media call are listed below:

– Khan will confirm ‘in due time and soon’ about how to watch All In. People will be able to watch live at 1 PM EST and it’ll start in the evening U.K. time.
– There have been conversations with Warner Bros Discovery about expanding AEW’s pay-per-view calendar. Everyone involved thinks it’d be a revenue positive. 
– Locking down an ROH World Championship match for Death Before Dishonor has been challenging. Cites Eddie Kingston being in the NJPW G1 Climax and Mark Briscoe being injured. Khan wanted a Kingston-Briscoe moment going into the pay-per-view. Mark kept his injuries on the down low, even from doctors. 
– Khan says that along with Forbidden Door 2022, Death Before Dishonor has been the most challenging pay-per-view to put together. 
– He further touched on the ‘banned moves’ list. He said it’s a case-by-case thing. If Kenny Omega asks to use one of those moves, it’s much different than a lesser-experienced talent who came up through AEW Dark asking to use it. 
– Bryan Danielson has not been at shows or meetings. His injury is worse than they thought, but Khan has been in contact with him.

The Death Before Dishonor match card reads as follows: 

  • ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli (c) vs. TBA
  • ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs. TBD
  • ROH Pure Championship — Pure Rules Match: Katsuyori Shibata (c) vs. Daniel Garcia
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena (c) vs. Willow Nightingale
  • ROH World Tag Team Championships — Four Way Match: Lucha Bros (Rey Fénix & Penta El Zero Miedo) (c) vs. The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett) vs. Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta) vs. Aussie Open (Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher)

This sounds like code for finally getting their act together before someone gets paralyzed.

He also said AEW is the industry leader in the UK :joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy::joy:

In terms of television ratings in the UK, they are.


I know they have a huge one on the docket (potentially the biggest ever by some metrics), but I’m pretty sure you have to have actually held an event there before you can make that claim.

But still, as a PR flack myself, good on Tony for going for gold with that statement. And after they draw whatever they’re going to dry at Wembley, that statement will drive the internet conversation, which seems to be a huge part of AEW’s strategy.

Aren’t they on a better network and time?

WWE is massive in the Uk. AEW had outstanding demand for a first show but that doesn’t make them number 1.

In Toronto they sold out FB on day 1. They aren’t more popular than WWE here by a long shot.

It’s a great start to be sure. But RAW outdraws all 3 of their shows combined now. It’s not a competition right now.

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AEW is on a pretty awful channel that I don’t have on my Telly at all. I have to watch online.

Dynamite is shown at 9pm Fridays on ITV4.
WWE was on Sky TV but has moved to BT which has changed its name. It’s a dreadful provider. I would assume most UK WWE fans still use the Network