Tony Khan said AEW has a wellness policy, but the situations between Jon Moxley and Jeff Hardy are completely different.
WWE’s wellness policy is their way of keeping their stars honest, making sure everyone is safe inside and out of the ring. It’s seen stars get suspended and fired throughout the years but has been vital to their welfare.
Tony Khan recently said that AEW has a wellness policy while on a conference call for Forbidden Door. He also stated that while it monitors his wrestlers for substance use, they do not monitor alcohol consumption.
“We have a wellness policy. As far as testing for alcohol after the shows, I think a lot of people drink after the show is over, and I don’t have a policy about that other than we ask people to be safe and responsible.
Khan also took the time to elaborate on the situations with Jon Moxley and Jeff Hardy and how they are different. Fans will remember last year when Moxley took time away from the company to enter rehab for alcohol addiction.
He would only be gone for three months before returning to in-ring competition. Jeff Hardy, on the other hand, was arrested this month for driving under the influence and without a license.
He is currently suspended without pay, and there is no word on when he will be allowed to return.
“They are different things. It’s comparing apples and oranges when you mention the two things like they are the same. That’s why I handled them differently. We have a wellness policy in place and it covers these things. That’s why we’re here to support somebody when they come to me and they say ‘we have a problem.’ “In Jon’s case, he went straight to it, jumped on it, and checked himself into rehab because he had a problem, said Khan. “Jon could not be more responsible in what he did, and we could not have been more supportive and there for him. I love him so much. Having him back and on the pay-per-view, looking the way he does, and having his family healthy and happy.
“With Jeff [Hardy], it’s different. The way it went down is totally different. That’s why the statements and the way we handled the two things are different. In this case, I don’t think there is any comparison.”
The call mediator then tried to change the subject, but Khan circled back to clarify his stance.
“Jeff is doing much better. As I understand, Jeff is in treatment. I don’t want to say too much about what is going on because it’s his business. But I’m here for him, for whatever he needs. I’m glad nobody got hurt. What Jeff did, going out and driving, is not the same as the other thing. I don’t like hearing the two compared. I’d be remised if I didn’t give Jeff a lot of credit for now doing the right thing. This is why we said Jeff has to do the right thing if he wants to stay with AEW. It’s the last chance. (H/T Fightful.com)