AEW owner Tony Khan declares himself longest-tenured CEO in pro wrestling

Tony Khan, the CEO of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), wasted no time in gloating following Vince McMahon's shock decision to retire from his positions as chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

McMahon is currently under investigation by the WWE board for a series of scandals after a number of allegations were made against him, including paying off women that he is alleged to have had affairs with.

However, at the age of 76, McMahon took to Twitter to announce his decision to retire from his positions, writing: "At 77, time for me to retire. Thank you, WWE Universe. Then. Now. Forever. Together."

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But Khan could not pass up this golden opportunity to stick the knife in.

“Thanks to you wrestling fans and your great support of AEW, I’m grateful to now be the longest-tenured CEO in pro wrestling,” said Khan in a tweet. “Thank you very much to every single person who watches @AEWonTV!”

McMahon has been in charge of WWE since the early 1980s having inherited the company from his father and has effectively ruled the wrestling world since the early 2000s, having brought out his main opposition World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2001.

This remained that way until 2019 when Khan, who also owns the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and Premier League side Fulham, started All Elite Wrestling which has been going strong ever since.

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In a statement McMahon said: "As I approach 77 years old, I feel it’s time for me to retire as chairman and CEO of WWE. Throughout the years, it’s been a privilege to help WWE bring you joy, inspire you, thrill you, surprise you, and always entertain you.

"I would like to thank my family for mightily contributing to our success, and I would also like to thank all of our past and present superstars and employees for their dedication and passion for our brand. Most importantly, I would like to thank our fans for allowing us into your homes every week and being your choice of entertainment.”

Vince's daughter Stephanie McMahon stepped in to serve as interim CEO and interim chair after he stepped back and will now take over on a full-time basis alongside Co-CEO Nick Khan.

Her husband Paul 'Triple H' Levesque, who retired from in-ring action, is also returning to the company.


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