Update On Surprise AEW Announcer Shake-Up

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Tony Khan made some changes on AEW Collision that saw the announce team expand to three.

Although it has had some changes over the years, the AEW Dynamite announce team has settled down to a regular three-man booth of Excalibur, Tony Schiavone, and Taz. WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross had moved from Dynamite to Rampage but upon the creation of AEW Collision, Ross has been a part of the Saturday night show.

Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness joined JR at the announce desk as Tony Khan looked to give Collision a very separate identity from Dynamite. However, things changed again on the 14th of October edition of the show as Tony Schiavone joined Kelly and McGuinness throughout the broadcast. When Jim Ross came out for the main event as he usually does, Kevin Kelly was the one to give way to leave a three-man booth headed up by Schiavone.

Tony Khan put Tony Schiavone in the driving seat on AEW Collision

Writing in the Wrestling Observer Daily Update, Dave Meltzer noted that Schiavone joining the Collision commentary team as the “lead announcer” was a Tony Khan decision. It is not yet known if Schiavone will continue in this role moving forwards and if so, what that means for Kevin Kelly who only joined AEW in July and will be giving up his role as the lead English language announcer for New Japan Pro Wrestling early in 2024.