Former SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long has said that he was told by people within All Elite Wrestling (AEW) that he was “too old” to appear on television for them.
When asked about whether he wants to follow Vickie Guerrero to AEW, the WWE Hall of Fame told WrestlingInc that he was told by the promotion he was “too old” to work for them:
“Well, I saw her coming out just one time [managing Nyla Rose],” said Long. “I don’t really get the chance to watch much AEW. They told me… I got word that I was too old to be over there [laughs]. If you take a look at that [AEW product], I don’t know how they could say that. But I’m just saying what I’m saying.”
Teddy Long is set to turn 73 later this year, making him only ten years older than fellow WWE Hall of Famer Sting, who wrestled his debut match for the promotion at Revolution last month.
Along with Sting, AEW has several older names on-screen managing younger talent, including Arn Anderson and Jake Roberts, who manage Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer respectively.