During the latest edition of the “Busted Open Radio” podcast, AEW President Tony Khan commented on the rise in free agency and how it’s bringing in new wrestling fans. Khan noted that this was always “part of [his] business plan.” He said,
“The amount of interest in professional wrestling in major media is the highest it’s been in over 20 years. Last week was the first time two different wrestling companies have had two shows in the top 5. It’s an exciting time. There is real competition. Free agency is definitely bringing new fans in, which was part of my business plan with AEW. The free agent cycle really hadn’t existed in a meaningful way in professional wrestling in two decades. It would help lift the sport and lift interest in wrestling and bring fans back. We’re starting to see that and we’ll continue to see that through the summer and the rest of the year.”
Of course, WWE has released over 100 Superstars in recent months, with some of them landing in ROH, Impact Wrestling, NWA, NJPW and AEW. There are rumors that Daniel Bryan and CM Punk will be debuting with AEW shortly.
(h/t – Fightful)