AEW has seen some notable names leave the company this year, but a few have also elected to stay. It appears that they are set to lose a key executive at the end of this year.
We previously reported that Rafael Morffi is expected to leave the company at the end of the year. Now, we have even more information about the situation at hand.
Rafael Morffi was the Vice President of Live Events/Touring since the establishment of AEW. He was responsible for organizing live event tours, booking buildings, local marketing, and various logistical tasks related to the booking and execution of live events, is leaving the company.
According to PW Insider, Rafael Morffi told AEW during one of their Montreal events that he is leaving the company. He will wrap things up after Worlds End on January 30th. He already has a new gig lined up as he has accepted a senior executive position with the Barclays Center.
We are told Morfi informed AEW during their recent Montreal events that he would be finishing up with the company as of the Worlds End PPV on 12/30 in Long Island, NY as he has accepted a senior executive position with the Barclays Center in New York City (where Morfi resides with his family) and will be splitting his duties between booking sports and entertainment events at the arena as well as working for the Brooklyn Nets’ owners. One of the reasons for the move was the ability for Morfi to remain closer to family in NYC and not be on the road constantly. It was basically seen as such an amazing offer, there was no way he could pass on the opportunity. Internally, he will be missed and was well liked and respected.
Prior to working with AEW, Rafael Morfi worked with TNA and House of Hardcore. He spent years working for WWE in the live events side of the company as well. His contributions will be missed in AEW.
We will have to see what happens next. AEW will certainly need to fill this role, so they will likely start looking for someone who can handle that responsibility. It will be interesting to see whether they hire from within or get someone from the outside.
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