Tony Schiavone Calls AEW Coach “A Great Hire By Tony Khan”

Tony Schiavone

Tony Schiavone has praised a recent AEW hire, saying he’s “a hell of a coach.”

Chris Hero first joined the company backstage for the debut episode of Collision in June, when he was being evaluated for a full-time role. By July, the former WWE star had been brought on full-time as a producer and coach

On the latest edition of What Happened When, Schiavone spoke about spending time with Hero at All In, recalling how much he loves hearing him talk about wrestling.

“Afterwards, me and Chris Hero hung out for a couple of hours, just sitting down and having some coffee and talking about wrestling for two hours.

“I just love talking to him about it. Talking to him about not only the history, about what works as far as a wrestling ring, what works in the ring, what doesn’t work, what he has seen.

Schiavone went on to praise Hero as “a great hire” by Tony Khan.

“So yeah, I’ve developed a very good relationship with Chris. Not only that, I’ve said it to him, that he’s a hell of coach. He knows his wrestling, and he’s a very positive, good guy. Great hire by Tony Khan.”

What did Chris Hero do before AEW?

Prior to becoming All Elite, Hero was already a well-known figure in the world of pro wrestling. The star began his career in 1989 and quickly made a name for himself on the independent scene, including a memorable run in Ring of Honor where he was one-half of the Kings of Wrestling tag team alongside Claudio Castagnoli.

Hero also worked for WWE under the name Kassius Ohno, first from 2011-2013 and then 2016-2020. Those runs saw him becoming a regular on NXT and later NXT UK before ultimately being released from the company in April 2020.

H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.