AEW News: AEW Signs Veteran Commentator Tony Schiavone to Multi-Year Deal

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The following press release was sent out by All Elite Wrestling today:


August 26, 2019 – 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.”

TJR Thoughts: This confirms the reports that came out last week. Schiavone is expected to continue his announcing job with MLW as well.

A report from Pro Wrestling Sheet notes that while the press release makes it look like Schiavone is joining the broadcast team on AEW on TNT, apparently he’ll “just be on the overall broadcast team.” Whatever that means.

Update: Schiavone is not announcing at the “All Out” PPV on Saturday. He’ll be at a Georgia Bulldogs football game according to WrestlingObserver’s Dave Meltzer. The broadcast team will be Jim Ross, Excalibur and Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez.