Never change, Tony Khan…
The AEW President took a friendly jab at one of the more complicated and controversial WWE stories of the year this afternoon, responding to a Tweet from CM Punk. The Straight-Edge Superstar had tagged Khan when warning the wrestling world that “no one is safe” during his WWE Backstage debut on FS1 this Tuesday night.
Khan replied, “No one is safe? Sounds like a plane full of wrestlers in Saudi Arabia!”
The social media world has, as you can imagine, lost their collective minds – and that’s about the time when WWE veteran Randy Orton chose to get involved.
Orton, who had made several hints about a possible jump to AEW leading up to signing a new long-term deal with WWE earlier this month, called out Khan for “throwing stones in a glass house”, sharing a link to a year-old Sportsnaut article about Tony’s billionaire father Shahid Khan being investigated.
Khan quickly refuted the article in question, calling the claims against his father “baseless”. He also called out Orton for using AEW to leverage a better deal out of WWE, and brought up a recent incident where “The Viper” dropped a racial slur while streaming video games on Twitch.
Never a dull moment in the wrestling business… Can you imagine what it would have looked like if Vince McMahon and Eric Bischoff had Twitter during the Monday Night Wars?
No one is safe? Sounds like a plane full of wrestlers in Saudi Arabia!
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) November 18, 2019
I thought you only tagged me in your posts when you were grasping for leverage. That article’s over a year old + is about baseless claims made about my dad years ago. That’s the best you can do, nothing. Meanwhile in the time since that was written, you used the N word on twitch.
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) November 19, 2019
That’s the end of the fight. TK-O. pic.twitter.com/OVInpHTful
— Brandi Rhodes (@TheBrandiRhodes) November 19, 2019