Tony Schiavone is pivotal to AEW as a color commentator and senior producer. The noted sports announcer was an integral part of WCW back in the day and even worked with TNA and WWE.
However, during 2016, Schiavone was going through a financial spiral that saw him working for Starbucks. Although he enjoyed the job, he was soon contacted by WWE thanks to Bruce Prichard.
In the latest episode of AEW Unrestricted, Schiavone revealed how WWE and AEW both reached out to him. In 2019, Bruce Prichard worked with Vince McMahon and managed an opening for Schiavone too.
“He did contact me on a Sunday in the summertime of that year, and he said, ‘Vince wants you to come back and work for us.’ And I said, ‘Great, what are we talking about?'”
WWE wanted the former WCW announcer to be a producer as they said, “we know you like to produce and you like to work behind the scenes. We’ll be back in touch.”
However, WWE never offered Tony a contract, and Tony’s wife was against him working for WWE.
“I also had my wife of mine, we’ve been married now 39 years, who told me, ‘If you take a job back with the WWE, I’m going to divorce your ass,’ but I didn’t play two sides against the middle.”
After the initial call with WWE, Schiavone informed his long-time friend Conrad Thompson. Surprisingly, Schiavone also got a call from AEW Superstar and EVP Cody Rhodes.
Rhodes arranged a call between him and Tony Khan. The call went for two years and Khan ended up saying, “I might have you come down to Jacksonville.”
While WWE kept stalling the contract, AEW offered Schiavone “something phenomenal” but also asked him to choose the better option. Whereas Lois (Tony’s wife) said, “It doesn’t matter what they (WWE) offer you. Don’t take it.”
However, during SummerSlam last year, WWE clarified they have nothing to offer Schiavone. He immediately contacted Tony Khan and got into AEW.