By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
AEW issued the following press release to announce the signing and role of Tony Schiavone.
All Elite Wrestling (AEW) today confirmed that it has signed renowned
commentator Tony Schiavone to a full-time, multi-year agreement.
Schiavone, widely considered to be one of the most important voices in professional wrestling, joins AEW’s television broadcast team of Jim Ross and Excalibur. Schiavone will also serve as a senior producer for AEW events.
In addition to his work with AEW, the versatile Schiavone will continue his role as producer for the University of Georgia Football and Baseball Network, and will call the play-by-play for the Atlanta Braves’ Triple A team, the Gwinnett Stripers.
“Tony ‘The Silver Tongue’ Schiavone was the lead voice of pro wrestling at a time when it was dominating the globe,” said Cody Rhodes, EVP of AEW. “It’s a pleasure to have him join AEW as a senior producer and member of the broadcast team. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a UGA fan either. I think Tony is one of the most underrated lead men with the narrative of pro wrestling there’s ever been. I’m thrilled to get into the studio with him. Let’s welcome Tony to All Elite Wrestling.”
Powell’s POV: It appears that Alex Marvez has been bumped from the three-man team that will call the actual AEW shows. Marvez will likely continue to do broadcasting work for AEW, but he just wasn’t ready to be a member of the three-man team. I’m legitimately happy for Schiavone, yet I also hope that he will put the time in and become immersed in the AEW product. I haven’t sensed that he’s done that with MLW thus far, though his work with Rich Bocchini has improved since his initial run with the company.