AEW has announced Tony Schiavone signed a deal with the company to join their television broadcast team and help produce live events.
The press release states:
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.”
While this announcement is worded to make it sound like Tony is joining the commentary team, we’re told it won’t be immediate.
Sources say Schiavone may EVENTUALLY join the commentary team down the line. AEW is currently focused on All Out though, so a final decision hasn’t been made. Tony was previously committed to University of Georgia football on the 31st.
We’re told an eventual reunion with Jim Ross on commentary is very likely.
For now, Tony is being used as a utility player in AEW — meaning he’ll be doing studio work in Atlanta, producing segments and more.
Tony first confirmed his signing on the latest episode of Being the Elite.