New AEW Hire Details His Goals In The Promotion

New AEW Hire Details His Goals In The Promotion AEW

AEW hired former WWE name Michael Mansury as their new Senior Vice President & Co-Executive Producer last week.

The hiring was made due to Tony Khan and WBD looking to change up the presentation of AEW Dynamite and Rampage in the new year.

Mansury previously served as WWE’s Vice President of Global Television Production prior to his departure in 2020, with many believing he would be the successor to Kevin Dunn in the company.

Speaking to Renee Paquette on The Sessions, Mansury detailed what made him want to return to the wrestling industry when signing with AEW.

He said:

“Unfinished business. There was definitely unfinished business in a, I don’t know that I left wrestling feeling fulfilled. I think when I left WWE, I was burnt out and frustrated. Even after I left WWE, I left and jumped right into Pat’s show, but we were also in the middle of a global pandemic, and you didn’t really have time to process that I just left a place that I had spent a third of life working in, where I grew up as a man. I hadn’t had time to process that. Nor were the situations going on in life in a place for me to process that.

“It started to dawn on me that there was still a lot more that I’ve yet to accomplish. Around the summer, I started talks again with AEW. A few folks had reached out, shoutout to [AEW Chief Legal officer] Megha (Parekh). Megha and Tony (Khan) were pretty inviting right from jump street. ‘We have an opportunity here, we feel the company is at the threshold of that next level and next iteration of what AEW is in establishing our identity and everything else in between.’ They wanted to gauge my interest and see if I would be interested in coming along for the ride.

“It was a pretty long process, and at that point, I said I was interested for sure, but we were getting ready to launch ONE on Prime Video and I wanted to give that the focus it deserved. It occupied a lot of my thoughts. We got to the point, ultimately, as conversations progressed, we were literally packing up our bags to head to the US and going back and forth as to what this role would be, what I would do. We came to an accord and here I am.”

Renee then asked Mansury what his goals are in AEW, with Mansury saying he hopes to contribute to a growing brand that he believes in.

He said:

“I want to contribute. I want to help build something special. That’s what AEW is and what AEW has been since its inception. It’s a special place. The energy and the vibe is pretty infectious.

“I was back at Full Gear, days after stepping off the plane from Singapore, and I’m backstage with you, seeing the energy and excitement the talent have about the product and the company, but also the vibe and atmosphere. Everyone has been unbelievably welcoming, even on my side of the fence.

“I’m walking into a production team where, some of these folks have been together since WCW. I’m walking into a well-established team already, I am just hoping to be able to add whatever they feel I can bring to the table and what I know I can bring to the table. I want to do it all. I know it sounds generic and all-encompassing, but it’s true, I want to do it all.

“I really believe in AEW, the product, the talent, the vision. Any sort of entity that is growing, sometimes you need to bring in an ingredient from the outside to help you. I’m not saying I’m necessarily going to elevate AEW to the next level, that would be very egotistical to say.

“You talk about NXT, I have that same feeling in that, there is so much out there to work with and everything is so raw and just waiting for folks to apply the right touches or to help these men and women figure out what are the pieces we need to accentuate or the pieces we need to tweak.”

Mansury also detailed his wild schedule in WWE prior to his departure from the company in 2020.

transcription via Fightful

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