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Tony Khan Was Concerned Jeff Hardy vs. Darby Allin Might Run Over, Talks Reaction To Match

May 18, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Tony Khan loved the Jeff Hardy vs. Darby Allin match on last week’s AEW Dynamite, though he said that he was concerned at the time that it might run into overtime. Khan was on Busted Open Radio on Wednesday and discussed the Owen Hart Tournament match between the two; you can check out some highlights below (per Wrestling Inc):

On being concerned that the match would run over: “It was a crazy, crazy match to watch. Keeping an eye on it, first of all, as we push towards the end of the show, there was some thought, ‘OK, is this match going to make it?’ Because they kept doing crazy stuff and just some of the wildest moments you’ll see in a wrestling match, just throwing bombs at each other. Not only was it a very memorable match, but I thought it was a great showing for both men. For Darby Allin and for Jeff Hardy, who picked up the win. It was like watching two generations, flip sides of the same coin, and I think it was a match that people were really compelled to see and that’s very organic.”

On the crowd reaction to the match: “It’s the absolute best and very consistent with fans in New York. We’ve got great, great, great AEW fans all over the country, and certainly in New York, there’s so many great wrestling fans. I thought we really gave them what they wanted to see. Tommy [Dreamer], you’re someone who’s wrestled a lot up there. Mickie [James], you’ve wrestled a ton up there. Dave [LaGreca], you’ve got tons of experience yourself in the New York area with pro wrestling. They’re not easy fans, but if you give them good wrestling, they’re going to be great, and that’s why I think they’re great fans.”