Tony Schiavone is joining AEW, but he won’t be on commentary. This is a bit of a disappointment, but he’s a very busy man.
While speaking to Wrestling Epicenter, Schiavone cleared everything up about his new role in AEW and how those plans work out for him. They plan to film segments in Atlanta which is a pretty good deal for Schiavone because he lives in the area.
“Okay, well, I do know I’m a producer. I’m going to be working on a lot of the videos you see in the shows. I’m going to be working behind the scenes when the live shows are going, the TNT shows. I’ve met with Tony Khan, I’ve met with, obviously, Cody. We do some production here in Atlanta… Cody and I actually live pretty close to each other so when I talked to Tony Khan, the idea was that I would do control centers and on-camera stuff, but I would not be on the broadcast team because his broadcast team was in place.”
Mike Johnson described Schiavone’s new role during PW Insider Elite audio as being a “Mean Gene Okerlund for the company.” This could be another way of looking at it because he will be filling fans in from the AEW Command Center in Atlanta.
Tony Schiavone is also working in other sports broadcasting realms, so working as a producer of this kind of content seems ideal.