Tony Khan Would "Love" Legendary Comeback In AEW

AEW chief Tony Khan would welcome this wrestling legend back with open arms.

Ricky Steamboat

AEW founder and CEO Tony Khan has claimed he would love to have Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat back in the company.

Khan's comments came during a recent appearance on Busted Open Radio. Steamboat, who appeared for AEW on its special House of the Dragon episode of Dynamite this August, is one of Khan's favourite wrestlers ever - and welcome back in AEW "anytime."

Said Khan while promoting last night's Dynamite (h/t Fightful):-

"It's definitely something to keep in mind. I think it's amazing that Ricky Steamboat got back in the ring. FTR, one of the greatest tag teams on the planet. I'm excited tonight for Dax Harwood to go one-on-one with Bryan Danielson, two of the best pro wrestlers in the world. It's certainly something to think about, Ricky Steamboat's last match, one of my personal heroes. Somebody, as a kid, one of my all-time favorites and to this day one of my all-time favorites. I do think he was a great part of AEW already when he came in as the guest timekeeper. I would love to have Ricky Steamboat back in AEW anytime."

These comments were sparked by a question on the prospect of Steamboat wrestling for AEW. 'The Dragon', 69, came out of retirement for Big Time Wrestling on 27 November, teaming with FTR to defeat Brock Anderson, Jay Lethal, and Nick Aldis. This was his first wrestling match in over 12 years.

Steamboat turned down the opportunity to appear in Ric Flair's final match earlier this year.

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