Amid reports of backstage unhappiness in All Elite Wrestling, Tony Khan and AEW held a mandatory talent meeting prior to last night’s Dynamite in Cleveland.
The main talking point from the meeting saw AEW mention how they had contacted WWE to ‘stop tampering’ with their contracted talent following reports of them reaching out to an AEW name.
PWInsider has now provided an update on what went down in the meeting, noting that Tony Khan opened the meeting by discussing the new Vice Presidents of Talent Relations and Development, and how everything would work and flow going forward under the new system.
Khan was ‘very much animated’ in talking about how the wrestling business has always been dominated by WWE, and how AEW was founded to give fans an alternative. The fact that there had allegedly been some lines tossed from WWE circles towards AEW contracted talent was not something that the company was happy about, leading to Khan telling the roster that Megha Parekh had emailed WWE’s Co-Presidents Nick Khan and Stephanie McMahon, warning them to not tamper with contracted talents.
Pat Buck allegedly spoke about how the talent would need to ‘respect the coaches’, and how things are structured now, as opposed to going to Khan for everything. He spoke about how talents can now properly pitch ideas going forward, and other things of that nature.
Tony Schiavone went into his past experience and time with WCW to give an idea as to why he is now in his position to help everyone. The report notes that Tony came off extremely well and ‘like an Uncle who wanted all the kids in his family to succeed.’
Chris Jericho also spoke, giving what was said to have amounted to a speech to rally the troops and give his own personal thoughts on getting AEW this far. The Young Bucks, specifically Matt Jackson, stated that they were all available to help anyone who wanted it, and that they were easy to find, and to come to them if anyone needed anything.
Kenny Omega then spoke and was said to have been the harshest towards the locker room, in a speech that reportedly came off as ‘tough love’ and ‘heavy-handed.’ Some saw this as Omega trying to light a fire under the roster, and others felt differently. After Omega finished speaking, Megha Parekh spoke on what was described to PWInsider on some ‘legal’ related things, before Khan then finished up and got very fired up again about the company and what he’s put into it.
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