Tony Khan knows how to keep the wrestling world talking. While not all of his surprises have lived up to the hype, his track record is pretty good and he’s gotten better at knowing what expectations are from fans now when he makes these big proclamations. Once again, TK has the world talking and word is that this Wednesday on Dynamite, the announcement will be made. It’s said to be not related to a talent and instead, something big for the wrestling business. What could Tony Khan’s surprise be?
It makes sense. Tony Khan wants the video library. He sent several of his talents to the ROH farewell show to help the company close in style. Sinclair Broadcasting is a TV company and if ROH doesn’t have contracted talents, will they be able to continue to produce weekly TV? It’s possible but it’s just as possible that they would cut their losses and get out of the wrestling business altogether.
So Tony Khan’s surprise very well could be the announcement that he’s bought ROH. He gets the video library for a potential streaming service down the road. He can promote shows under the ROH banner with talents that work AEW’s B shows, effectively making ROH their developmental system. More people in the business are working shows, younger talents are getting booked more and wrestling fans are saved from what could be a disastrous ROH relaunch under Sinclair’s watch. This might sound unlikely but I would call it realistic, especially if you understand how ROH’s parent company operates.
AEW vs Impact Wrestling vs NJPW
A dream card, featuring the best talent in the world not under a WWE contract currently could easily be Tony Khan’s surprise. The “Forbidden Door” has opened up this kind of possibility and there are a lot of wrestlers working for 2 or more of these promotions already. A super card featuring AEW, NJPW, Impact Wrestling & potentially more promotions could be huge.
The working relationship is there between the promotions. Imagine if they decided to oppose WrestleMania? Go head to head with Night 1 of Mania and watch Vince’s head explode? The wrestling wars would be off to the races and honestly, the fans would be the big winner here.
A Combined Streaming Service
AEW as of right now doesn’t have enough content to launch a streaming service that would be competitive in today’s streaming wars. It would be a flop to be blunt. There’s more competition than ever for the consumer’s dollar when it comes to streaming services. You have to have one to remain competitive but if it’s not a good one, you’re toast.
To go back to the Forbidden Door, an option here would be for a few companies to join forces to create a streaming service that wrestling fans would pay for. If AEW, Impact Wrestling, and a handful of independent promotions were all on the same service and the price was reasonable, that might be a feasible option. The financials on this would be complicated and it might not be worth it for the involved parties but it is an option that should at least be considered.
So what will Tony Khan’s surprise be? Good question. My assumption is that it has to do with ROH, as I really can’t see them relaunching under their current ownership. But I could be wrong. Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think!