A new report has shed light on the changing power dynamics behind the scenes in AEW and suggests one EVP is cut adrift from the others.
All Elite Wrestling was announced to the world on an episode of Being The Elite on the 1st of January 2019. When more details emerged of the company’s founding, it transpired that Matt and Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, and Kenny Omega were all named as Executive Vice Presidents of the upstart company.
Cassidy Haynes of Bodyslam.net has reported that sources within All Elite Wrestling have said that creative duties had been taken from the group of EVPs with everything now flowing directly through AEW President Tony Khan. It is noted that all talents are encouraged to pitch their own creative ideas but a source is quoted as saying that “creative is absolutely Tony Khan’s prerogative now.”
The report says that the only EVP to regularly attend office meetings was Cody Rhodes but that is no longer the case with his creative input also reduced. Matt Jackson’s EVP duties are said to mainly be focused on helping his wife Dana who is the company’s Head Of Merchandise. Nick Jackson is said to be focused on the production of Being The Elite which frequently receives over a hundred thousand views on YouTube weekly. Kenny Omega’s role as EVP is now said to be focused on AEW Games as well as helping to produce women’s matches.
A source is also quoted as saying that at this time in 2021 the EVPs are in those roles in “name only:”
“Basically they are EVPs in name only in 2021. They no longer have the final say in creative or talent hiring. Any of them. Tony Khan pulled back on the reigns and took that power away from all.”
Sources are also reported as commenting on the relationship between Cody Rhodes and The Elite EVPs:
“Cody doesn’t really have much of a relationship with any of the EVPs, anymore. The others are still great friends, but Cody is very much on the outside looking in.”
Cody Rhodes has launched his own Nightmare Factory training school and stars with his wife Brandi in the TNT reality show, Rhodes To The Top.