Tony Khan has discussed the infamous AEW Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch from Revolution, and how he plans to hold another.
Earlier this year, AEW held their first-ever ‘Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch’, which saw Kenny Omega successfully defend his AEW World Championship against former champion Jon Moxley in the main event of Revolution.
The match was hyped for several weeks, however, when it came to the finish, the pyro didn’t go ahead as expected, which left many fans in attendance and those watching at home unhappy.
AEW CEO Tony Khan recently sat down with the ‘Dan Le Batard Show’, where he revealed how he didn’t end up paying for the pyro due to the error, but how he’ll use the match type in the future.
“I’ll never let the non-wrestling people…I was trying to be too safe and I let the professionals handle the stuff and they are guys who don’t understand wrestling. A professional pyrotechnic guy. They totally shit the bed. I ended up not paying them. It was like $100,000 they ended up refunding for all the expenses of the match. I ended up not paying for the (exploding) barbed wire deathmatch, which I shouldn’t have. They screwed up royally. We put together something great. Kenny and Jon worked their asses off and all they had to do was set up the final explosion. This is because we used professional pyrotechnic people who are supposed to know. The next time we do this, and I will do it again because the match drew. Everything Jon and Kenny did up until that point was outstanding, it wasn’t their fault it didn’t go off. Long story short, it was a long time ago and we’ve bounced back since then. That was three months ago and everything has been pretty perfect and couldn’t have gone much better. I was really grateful that the next pay-per-view was up and did a big number.”
Following the match, several of the wrestlers involved were reportedly angry with the finish, despite it being through no fault of their own.
AEW is set to return to live touring this Wednesday with a special ‘Road Rager’ edition of Dynamite, which kicks off the company’s four consecutive themed Dynamite shows as they adapt to life back on the road.