Tony Khan comments on Oklahoma State Athletic Commission’s warning about Nyla Rose, more

AEW CEO, President and General Manager Tony Khan spoke on a number of subjects during the Dynasty PPV media call on Thursday.

Khan responded to the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission’s warning to AEW regarding Nyla Rose and more.

The commission voted to warn AEW that if Rose wrestles against a (cisgender) woman again in the state of Oklahoma “there will be punitive action made against them.” 

AEW made their debut in Oklahoma City at the Paycom Center back on December 20, 2023 for a live Dynamite and a Rampage and ROH TV taping. Rose defeated Alejandra Lion in a match taped for ROH television, which aired on the ROH HonorClub streaming platform.

Khan said the following as it related to the OSAC and Rose:

 “I  was  really  surprised  by  this.  It  was  not  something  I  was  expecting  and  of  course  I  was  disappointed  by  the  commission’s  position  and  by  that  warning.  I  don’t  think  we  did  anything  wrong.   I’m really, really  disappointed.  shocked by it.  I don’t  think  there  should  be  discrimination  against  transgender  wrestlers  or  transgender  people  at  all  and,   you  know,  they  have  rights  and  to  that  end,  I  absolutely  stand  by  Nyla  Rose.  AEW  stands  behind  Nyla  Rose  and  all  transgender  people  who  want  to  play  sports  and  this  is  wrestling.   There  is.  was  nothing  wrong  with  it.  Nyla  Rose  is  a  great  wrestler.  She’s  been  a  great  world  champion  and  I  love  Nyla.  I  love  working  with  Nyla.  She’s  been  a  great  part  of  our  history.   She  was  the  first  transgender  world  champion  ever  and  she’s  a  great  part  of  the  AEW  Together  program.  She  does  a  ton  for  the  community.  She’s  a  great  person  with  a  great  heart.   and  very  supportive  of  the  other  wrestlers.  One  of  the  funniest  people  on  social  media,  I  personally  have  nominated  Nyla  to  TBS  for  the  best  social  media  presence  on  more  than  one  occasion  over  the  years  and  she’s  an  amazing  2019  going  back  to  the  very  first.   year  of  AEW,  the  first  shows,  the  first  dynamite.  And  look  at  everything  Nyla’s  accomplished  and  to  just  put  that  label  on  her  that’s  not  right.  She’s  much  more  than  that  and,  you  know,  she’s  a  great  athlete  and  I  hope  everybody  can  look  at  Nila  and  see  that  she’s  accomplished.   a  great  wrestler,  a  great  person,  and  she  deserves  the  same  chances  as  everybody  else.  And  if  the  AEW  locker  room,  which  consists  of  people  from  all  over  the  world,  all  kinds  of  different  backgrounds,  all  different  beliefs,  if  everybody  in  the  locker  room  can  embrace  Nyla,  I  would  hope  that  the  Oklahoma  Commission  could  do  the  same  thing.  So,  thank  you.  So  I’d  also  like  to  mention  speaking  of  Dynasty,  Nyla  is  working  with  one  of  our  new  pay-per-view  partners  for  the  domestic  digital  presentation  of  AEW  Dynasty,  Nyla  is  going  to  be  a  special  guest  host  for  the  ppb .com  AEW  Dynasty  event.  Very  happy  about  that.   We  were  thrilled  when  she  accepted  the  invitation weeks  ago  and  we’re  all  excited  about  all  the  different  ways  you  can  watch  this  pay-per-view.  This  is  going  to  be  the  most  widely  available  event  for  digital  distribution  domestically  ever  in  the  history  of  AEW.  For  AEW  Dynasty,  there’s  a  lot  of  choices.  Of  course,  Nyla  is  going  to  be  there  on  We  have  great  providers  with  Triller  TV,  YouTube,  and  our  long -term  time  base  at  Bleacher  Report.   We  really  appreciate  Bleacher  Report  and  Warner  Bros.  Discovery  working  with  AEW  to  make  sure  our  fans  have  a  lot  of  options  to  watch  the  pay-per-view  and  I’m  glad  Nyla  is  going  to  be  hosting  that.   That’s  something  that’s  been  in  the  works  for  a  while.  I  think  the  world  of  Nyla  and  that’s  how  I  feel  about  it. “

When Khan was asked if AEW will continue to run events in Oklahoma, he said the following:

“I  definitely  am  treating  this  as  a  developing  story.  It  was  kind  of  surprised  by  this,  but  definitely  wanted  to  do  our  best  to  support  the  fans  across  America  and  all  over  the  world  and  bring  AEW  wrestling  everywhere.   We  have  great  fans.  We have  great fans in Oklahoma  that  are  important  to  us  and  great  fans  all  over  the  country.  And  so  we’ll  do  anything  we  can  to  support  those  fans. So  it’s  something  we’re  going  to  have  to  think  about,  but  you  know,  it’s  a  fair  question.  Thanks  for  asking.” 

Quotes are courtesy of PWInsider.

Other highlights from the media call are below, courtesy of F4WOnline.

-Khan acknowledged the $2 billion valuation by Forbes that came out Thursday and said that AEW is the most valuable sports startup since the AFL which eventually merged with the NFL. He also went on to say that the upcoming media rights deal is the most important thing for the company and that PPV growth is also important. Khan added that said he isn’t sure if the multiple streaming options to buy AEW PPVs will continue after this upcoming three-month stretch. He did not specify the reason why WBD allowed them to now offer the PPVs via streaming sources other than Bleacher Report domestically. The next three PPV’s, including Dynasty will be available also to purchase through TrillerTV and AEW’s YouTube channel. He expects the availability of his full library to be part of the next media rights deal he signs. They are still in the exclusive negotiation window with WBD on those rights.

-Khan said that the AEW Trios and Ring of Honor Six-Man Tag Team titles will be unified Sunday at the Dynasty Zero Hour.

-Khan said AEW is up year-over-year when comparing first quarters, crediting more shows, higher PPV revenue and increased media rights.

-He said the releasing the full PPV schedule for the year was an initiative from new hire Kosha Irby.

Khan said hiring Carlos Cabrera was Mike Mansury’s idea after having worked with him in WWE. Khan added that he listened to fan feedback to upgrade their Spanish language presentation.