Vince McMahon has returned to the WWE board of directors with the intention of selling the company. Major companies are reportedly interested, such as Disney, NBC Universal, FOX and Amazon, as well as Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Perhaps the most intriguing potential buyers are Shahid and Tony Khan. Tony is the CEO and President of AEW, WWE’s most notable competitor in the United States.
Former “WWE SmackDown” executive director Eric Bischoff — who has been critical of Khan’s wrestling promotion in the past — commented on the possibility of the Khans buying WWE.
“Acquiring WWE is, that’s a big, giant step,” Bischoff said on the “83 Weeks” podcast. “I don’t see it. Could it happen now? Of course, anything is possible. But if you really think about it, does the Khan company have the experience, knowledge, infrastructure and ability to run a business that complex as WWE?… They may be in the same company, but they don’t live and play in the same universe.
What’s not up for debate is whether the Khans have the necessary funds to compete in a bidding war for WWE, which is estimated to be worth more than $6 billion. Bischoff said he believes the Khans “have more than enough money” to take over WWE. In addition to AEW, the Khan family owns the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, the Premier League’s Fulham Football Club, and Ring of Honor.
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