Tony Khan Explains Why Suspending Sammy Guevara and Jimmy Havoc Was The Right Move

Last month, Jimmy Havoc and Sammy Guevara were called out in the #SpeakingOut movement which led to AEW suspending both stars for an indefinite period. However, the reasons for the suspensions were quite different.

While Guevara was suspended for his derogatory comments about Sasha Banks and a racist joke, things were much worse for Jimmy who was accused of sexual abuse, manipulation, and rape. The Spanish God is currently undergoing sensitivity training while the British star is undergoing rehab.

During a recent interview with New York Post, Tony Khan addressed both suspensions. The AEW President revealed that Havoc had approached for help and the company promptly provided him the necessary assistance.

“I suspended them both. Very different situations. I just needed to address both. We are addressing both. I think Jimmy really needed counseling. If and when he were to wrestle again, the most important thing for himself and everybody here is that he sought treatment and counseling. When he asked for that help, we’re gonna help him.” 

Khan noted that Sammy’s derogatory comments from the 2016 podcast couldn’t be defended by any means. However, the astonishing thing is that since everybody in the company saw Sammy as a clean individual, nobody could believe that those comments were actually made by The Inner Circle star.

“With Sammy, I think the right thing to do was to suspend him. The comments he made were horrible. I can’t defend them. I can’t even comment on them because they’re unspeakably bad. He has also done a different kind of counseling and he’s in a different kind of counseling and it’s a different kind of coaching.”

“Everybody here, male and female pretty much up and down the roster we talked to felt like Sammy had no history of this kind of behavior. Really people were shocked Sammy had said that.” 

Khan clarified that he would’ve definitely addressed the controversial podcast clip at the time Guevara signed with AEW, but the fact is, the video didn’t exist to his knowledge and nobody in the company was aware of it either. And at the end of the day, the President of AEW believed that suspending Guevara and Havoc was the right thing to do in the prevailing circumstances.

“Certainly, it’s an old clip. I think the video was four years old. I had never seen that video and it’s something I would have addressed with him before Sammy started here. I never had an opportunity to address it because I didn’t know it existed and neither did anybody else or if they did nobody told us.”

“For both of them, we really needed to address the situation before talking about what to do in the future afterward.  I didn’t want to rush into making a decision on either person, so it felt like until I had all the facts suspending was the right thing to do. Then I could make whatever the right decision is. I knew the right decision wasn’t for those guys to just come to TV and not address this stuff.”

It remains to be seen when Havoc and Guevara can make their way back to AEW programming.