Tony Schiavone Signs Multi-Year AEW Contract; Will Join TV Broadcast Team

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2019

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JULY 24: Awesome Kong, Brandi Rhodes, Cody Rhodes, Nyla Rose and Jungle Boy of
All Elite Wrestling

All Elite Wrestling announced Monday veteran announcer Tony Schiavone will join their announcing team for their upcoming weekly show on TNT. 

"Tony 'The Silver Tongue' Schiavone was the lead voice of pro wrestling at a time when it was dominating the globe," AEW executive vice president Cody Rhodes said. "It's a pleasure to have him join AEW as a senior producer and member of the broadcast team. It doesn't hurt that he's a UGA fan either. I think Tony is one of the most underrated lead men with the narrative of pro wrestling there's ever been. I'm thrilled to get into the studio with him. Let's welcome Tony to All Elite Wrestling."

The announcement says Schiavone will join a broadcast team that also includes Jim Ross and Excalibur. That brings together the two most prominent voices in wrestling during the Monday Night Wars era. Schiavone was the play-by-play voice of WCW during the period, while Ross lent his southern drawl to WWE's Attitude Era.

Schiavone left wrestling altogether after WWE purchased WCW in 2001. He briefly resurfaced with TNA in 2003 before signing with Major League Wrestling in 2017. The 61-year-old will continue working with the University of Georgia Football and Baseball Network outside of AEW.

Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet reported Schiavone will be part of the "overall broadcast team," not a member of the commentary desk. It's unclear what that entails, mostly because AEW is yet to give many hints of how its program will be broadcast.

The press release makes no mention of Alex Marvez, who has been part of the AEW broadcast team for their pay-per-view events.