July 22nd, 2022, will go down forever in the annals of history as the day Vince McMahon retired from the WWE. Whether you've been a lifelong fan of The Fed, a lapsed fan who stopped watching for one reason or another, or one of those who dropped the promotion for good when AEW hit television screens in the fall of 2019, this is a sort of changing of the guard that is nearly unprecedented in the industry, even when Vince Jr. took over for his father back in 1982.
So naturally, Tony Khan, McMahon's one-time rival, took Mr. McMahon's bowing out in stride and thanked him for his services, right? I mean, before there even was an All Elite Wrestling, TK was a wrestling fan who grew up on the products of McMahon and others; surely he appreciates what the long-time booker did for the business.
… nope; instead, Khan used the opportunity to flame his former foe and promote the final night of Fyter Fest, which airs live on AEW Rampage at 10 pm EST.
Thanks to you wrestling fans and your great support of @AEW, I’m grateful to now be the longest-tenured CEO in pro wrestling.
Thank you very much to every single person who watches @AEWonTV!
See you for Friday Night #AEWRampage on @TNTdrama
@ 10pm ET/9pm CT/10pm PT
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) July 22, 2022
The “longest-tenured CEO in pro wrestling?” Well, for one thing, Court Bauer and even Brett Lauderdale may want to have a word with you on that one, but even still, that's a farewell message straight out of a Francis Ford Coppola flick; no pop, no circumstances – just a violent takedown of a boss who lost a step and had to be taken care of. Fortunately, WWE fans are a reasonable bunch, so surely this won't escalate tensions between the two parties even more, right?