According to a report on Wrestling Observer Radio, former WWF, WCW and TNA commentator Tony Schiavone has made an agreement to sign with AEW.
Schiavone hasn’t been a main-stream wrestling announcer for some time but has spent time on commentary for Major League Wrestling (MLW). These days he can most recently be heard as a podcast host with the popular Conrad Thompson. As AEW moves closer to their debut on TNT, adding more talent is important. Improving their announce team was critical.
AEW has received a ton of criticism for their announce work during pay-per-views to date. Schiavone was the voice of WCW as their play-by-play commentator on its flagship Monday Nitro show between 1990 and 2001. He will certainly help.
PWInsider is now reporting that the deal was made on Thursday and that he will continue to work alongside MLW as a commentator.
Did WWE Miss an Opportunity Here?
Schiavone reportedly chose AEW over a return to WWE. This will come as quite the surprise to some considering the contracts and money WWE is handing out to try and stop any momentum AEW might be gaining as they head towards their biggest PPV in the company’s history and their new live television program.
If the report is accurate, he would join a team which currently comprises Jim Ross, Excalibur and Alex Marvez. Most believe Schiavone would likely join Ross and Excalibur for weekly commentary duties and Marvez will take on another role.