It was reported last week that Tony Schiavone had signed a deal with All Elite Wrestling. During his time as a commentator, Schiavone worked for WCW, WWF/E and TNA.
It was even reported that WWE were interested in bringing Schiavone back into the company.
It has now been confirmed that Schiavone chose AEW over WWE, as the new promotion provided the following press release confirming their big new signing:
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.”
Schiavone’s signing was first confirmed in today’s episode of Being The Elite.
Despite being a world-renowned commentator, Schiavone will reportedly not be part of AEW’s commentary team. Instead, Schiavone will serve as part of the wider broadcast team, according to Ryan Satin.
While the Schiavone announcement from AEW is worded to make it sound like Tony is joining the commentary team, I'm told that's not the case. He'll just be on the overall broadcast team. https://t.co/52nVFYUcJm
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) August 26, 2019