AEW President Tony Khan recently spoke with Busted Open Radio about the popular forbidden door. He teased the idea that anybody can walk into AEW at any time. Tony also spoke about some current roster members that he thinks people should keep their eye on moving forwards.
“I think you never know who is going to come into the world of AEW, the forbidden door could open at any given time. Any wrestler from anywhere in the world could walk in,” he claimed. “And that’s one of the things that makes it exciting to be an AEW fan. But we also have so many great young rising stars. I think Legit Leyla Hirsch has been somebody who has really had a real attitude change lately.
“Ever since that match with Kris Statlander on Christmas. We have seen a real attitude change in Leyla Hirsch, she won a great match last week on Dynamite against Red Velvet. I know she has real issues with Kris Statlander, and we will hear from Kris Statlander tonight on Rampage. And both of them, I think Kris Statlander and Leyla Hirsch are great wrestlers to keep an eye on. Of course, Red Velvet also in that situation.”
Tony Khan then spoke about the forbidden door in more detail. He revealed that this is something that should be happening soon. He also teased that there will be big news coming next week for the company.
“I plan to make some more big signings, and not in the long term future, I mean in the short term future. I will still be very active in the free agent market,” Khan teased. “The forbidden door shall be opening again very soon. I am really looking forward to Rampage tonight, and I guarantee you we will make some news out of this night’s show. Then we will have some big news next week too. It’s a really exciting time to be a pro wrestling fan.”
Speaking of Khan, the AEW President revealed that some newsworthy info would drop on tonight’s episode of Rampage, and he asked fans to stay around for the scoops.
“In addition to a guarantee that we have some great wrestling tonight @ 1o pm ET/9 pm CT on TNT, I’m planning to drop some newsworthy info on tonight’s AEW Rampage!” Khan tweeted. “Thank you to everyone who supports Dynamite + Rampage! Come tonight for the great wrestling, stay for the scoops.”
Tony Khan’s statement comes after Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that former WWE star Keith Lee was either in talks with AEW or had already signed with the promotion. Lee, along with several other former WWE wrestlers such as Mia Yim, Ember Moon, Lince Dorado, Mascara Dorada (Gran Metalik), Biff Busick (Oney Lorcan) and Killer Kross are now all available following the end of their 90 day noncompete clauses. Dorada and Busick will both wrestle their first post-WWE matches tonight for GCW and Beyond Wrestling respectively.