Tony Schiavone's future with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) came into the spotlight during a recent episode of the "What Happened When" podcast, where he discussed his contract status. Contrary to a light-hearted remark about a "lifetime contract," Schiavone clarified that his AEW agreement is set to expire in April 2024.
Rejecting the notion of guaranteed job security, Schiavone stated, "That's an f—ing lie unless my life ends by April next year. There is no guarantee that they're going to re-sign me. That's how I approach life: no guarantees." Citing the wise words of Klondike Bill, who once advised him that "the job is a day-to-day thing," Schiavone revealed his pragmatic outlook on his professional journey.
Despite having a brief stint with WWE in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Schiavone clarified that he doesn't envision a return to the company, even if offered an enticing contract. He humorously disclosed, "No, it's well-established here at the Schiavone household that Lois Schiavone has said if I even think about going to the WWE, she'll divorce me!" While the reasons behind his wife's opposition remain undisclosed, it is reasonable to assume that the demanding schedule of a WWE announcer plays a significant role.
Schiavone's Praise for WWE, But Firm AEW Allegiance
Schiavone, however, has spoken highly of his time in WWE during past interviews. He has described it as his "best year in pro wrestling" and expressed satisfaction with his relationship with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Nevertheless, Schiavone's commitment to AEW and the favorable environment created by the promotion's CEO, Tony Khan, have solidified his allegiance. As fans eagerly anticipate the launch of AEW Collision on June 17, questions arise regarding Schiavone's involvement in the broadcast team.
Currently serving as the color commentator for AEW Dynamite and AEW Rampage and hosting the weekly YouTube preview show "Control Center," Schiavone's contributions to the promotion have been significant. Whether he will continue in his current roles or explore new avenues within AEW remains to be seen as his contract expires.
In the dynamic landscape of professional wrestling, Tony Schiavone's future endeavors are still being determined. However, his dedication to AEW and reluctance to consider a WWE return showcase his contentment and loyalty toward his current employer.