Tony Khan addresses the negative reaction to Satnam Singh’s AEW debut

During an appearance on Busted Open Radio, AEW President Tony Khan commented on the negative reaction to Satnam Singh’s debut from AEW Dynamite

“I could have done it better. It’s one of those things. I wish I had done it a little differently. The fans are always gonna be right so if the fans don’t like something sometimes there’s some things about it where you are trying to get heat and people aren’t always gonna love it. There were things about it I probably should have done differently now that I see in hindsight. To be honest, it wasn’t my idea to turn the lights out but I am the ultimate filter. I’m the person who everything goes through. I put the outline of the show together and when I came in Wednesday, I thought it was the best outline I’ve ever put together. One of them at least. As much strong wrestling as you could possibly fit into the program. I thought up until that point, the show was excellent and that was the one thing we kind of went off on. People might not have liked it. Satnam is an important person for us. It was important to debut him in a meaningful way with Jay Lethal. He’s gonna be a force to be reckoned with. At the same time, turning the lights off for somebody people didn’t recognize, it’s a great point. The person who brought up turning the lights off has over 30 years of experience in pro wrestling. When they brought it up to me, I was only looking at the pros and I should have thought about the cons because that is my job as the person who decides what goes in and filters out these ideas. We had all these people in the room and somehow not one person when that idea came up, brought up the negatives. Then when we did it, all of a sudden all of the negatives were very obvious.”

“I didn’t want it to loom over a lot of great stuff on the show. I don’t think it has or it will because there was a lot of great wrestling on that show so I’m really excited about that but the fans are always gonna be right. I think it’s one of those times where I appreciated what their feedback was. Now as I am in my third year of doing this, I would not do that that way again and these are the things you learn going into year three that I would do different in year four or five.” (quotes courtesy of