AEW President Tony Khan has addressed the recent behind-the-scenes shake-up in the company and says he’s open to a new member of staff getting in the ring.
All Elite Wrestling recently announced a raft of changes and promotions backstage which sees several existing staff members promoted to new roles. It has also been confirmed that Madison Rayne has joined the company. The former IMPACT Wrestling star and five-time Knockouts Champion has been appointed as a coach for the women’s division.
As part of the reshuffle, Tony Schiavone is now a Senior Producer and Special Advisor to Talent, Sonjay Dutt is Vice President of Production and Creative Coordination, QT Marshall has been promoted to Vice President of Show and Creative Coordination, and Pat Buck has been named Vice President of Talent Development.
Appearing on Busted Open Radio Tony Khan addressed the restructuring and says despite being hired as a coach, he’d be more than happy to see Madison Rayne compete in an AEW ring:
“We’ve shaken up the office a bit. We have a lot of great executives, and like you said we’ve added … Madison Rayne … She’s a great person in the ring and a great person in the office.”
“I’m not saying she wouldn’t wrestle anymore. We have people in the office who wrestle as part of their schedule,” Khan said. Rayne’s hiring came alongside the announcement of the promotions of both Sonjay Dutt and QT Marshall, both of whom appear regularly on AEW programming.”
“While Dutt is strictly a manager at the moment, Marshall has been a constant in-ring presence in AEW, wrestling alongside his trainees in The Factory despite his obligations in the front office. And of course, Executive Vice Presidents Matt and Nick Jackson wrestle for the company regularly, as did their fellow EVP, Kenny Omega, before his recent injuries.”