Tony Nese on the new manager: Tony Khan was the key factor

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Tony Nese on the new manager: Tony Khan was the key factor

Tony Nese talked about manager Mark Sterling on the "AEW Unrestricted" podcast. Sterling has often expressed his desire to be the manager of a male wrestler, and in the end it came true. “When I first started, this was probably like, week two, week three in or whatever, a lot of the guys from Long Island, you know, we all know each other, so we all hang out.

So I’d always sit with Mark and all the other guys and stuff. He was mentioning, ‘Man, I’d love to also manage a male wrestler’, because he was at the time he’s working with Jade and everything.

He’s loving it, but he’s very limited to what he can do because it is the women’s division and stuff. He was kind of like, ‘Oh, man. I want to work in the male division because I want to get beat up by everyone”.

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Tony Nese and Mark Sterling

Nese decided to talk to Tony Khan. There were doubts whether he would accept such an idea, but the president of AEW gave a chance to Sterling. “We started talking about it.

I always thought that I would be presented better with a manager and everything as well. So I was like, ‘Let’s go. Let’s talk to Tony and let’s tell him.’ He was actually a little bit like, ‘Oh, I don’t know.

I’m doing a thing right now and I don’t want to step on any eggshells, whatever it is.’ I was like, ‘Listen, I’ll go talk to him, but if I go in there by myself, he’s gonna think that I’m just trying to create ideas for myself, whatever it is.

If we go in there together, he’s gonna see that we both agree on this, we both like it, and we’re passionate about it.’ So I grabbed him and I said, ‘I’ll do all the talking.’ We went in there and that was it.

We talked to Tony. He saw that we were both excited about it. He’s like, ‘Yeah, let’s do this.’ So now we just keep constantly pitching ideas like, ‘Hey, how can we screw up this guy or this guy’s run? How can we pull the rug out from underneath from this person’ and then in the end, give it right back to them and just have Mark somehow get destroyed.

That’s how we plan everything. It’s been so much fun. Adding Mark has been such a great spark to my career in AEW”.