Speaking on ‘What Happened When’, announcer and interviewer Tony Schiavone discussed the decision he made between joining either of the two companies.
“They (WWE) were very sketchy about it. They said ‘We just want you to come to work here. We need more people here who have a strong wrestling background to help out’. Well, what would I do? ‘Well, you would just work with us’. I was talking to Bruce (Prichard) and I think Bruce was shooting with me that he didn’t know. Now it’s pretty apparent what was going on and I don’t blame Bruce for it. But, they wanted to get me so AEW wouldn’t get me and they would have run me out the door right after Eric Bischoff or before. I’m not blaming Bruce but I get it. I know what Vince (McMahon) was thinking.”
Schiavone was also asked if he would leave AEW to become an announcer for the Atlanta Braves baseball team, to which he replied:
“No, that ship has sailed. If there was a chance to do both, I would do that. But I would not leave AEW for that. You can’t put a price tag on working for a good person and that’s what we are doing. It’s worth its weight in gold. On the surface everybody would say, ‘Man, you would want to do the Braves’. But my question is, who would I work for? Who would be my boss? Would it be a good relationship or would he nag me or give me s**t and make me miserable? With Tony (Khan), he is very positive. He doesn’t make you miserable and he’s a great person to work for with a good heart. That is worth a lot.”
Quotes via WrestlingNews.co