With tournament season on the horizon, Tony Khan has revealed that a G1-style tournament is still of interest to him in AEW.
Since its inception in January 2019, AEW has held a number of tournaments, all of which being single elimination with the aim of crowning a champion or contender. Many fans have often questioned whether AEW will ever hold their own round-robin tournament in the mould of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax, and it now appears as though we have confirmation that this is at least something the company has considered.
Speaking on the Pacific Rim podcast, AEW President Tony Khan revealed that he’s still interested in bringing a round-robin tournament to the conpany, although he also acknowledged that NJPW are the industry leaders in that field.
“There are single elimination tournaments in AEW. We’ve never done a round robin tournament. It’s something I am interested in, but certainly, the G1 is an industry leader there when it comes to being the preeminent round robin tournament in pro wrestling. We participate in the G1. We’ve sent people in the past. With Eddie Kingston being part of G1 and Wheeler Yuta competing in Super Juniors, it gives us great opportunities to have top stars from AEW that we believe in, represent AEW in Japan,”-Tony Khan
As pointed out by Khan, Eddie Kingston is set to be involved in this year’s G1 Climax, with the AEW & ROH star competing in the C block alongside Shingo Takagi and Tomohiro Ishii, amongst others.
Whilst a G1-style tournament certainly appears to be under consideration, tonight’s episode of AEW Dynamite will see yet another elimination tournament, as The Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament will look to crown new number one contenders for the AEW World Tag Team Championship.
As always, we’ll aim to provide any further updates on the prospect of AEW holding a round-robin style tournament in the future as soon as we hear more.
H/T to Fightful for the transcription.