The meteoric rise of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) from just one weekly show to a quartet, with the inclusion of "ROH on HonorClub," has undeniably increased the narrative demands on the promotion. To ensure that AEW President Tony Khan doesn't face creative burnout, wrestling veteran Konnan has an interesting proposition.
On a recent segment of "Keepin' It 100," he made a case for deeper wrestler involvement in their own story arcs. "Wrestlers should have a pivotal role in scripting their journeys," Konnan shared, referring to the dynamism of Jericho's storyline with Don Callis and the emerging camaraderie between AEW World Champion MJF and Adam Cole.
"Let them pen their narrative; Tony can then fine-tune the edges."
AEW Bolsters Creative Team
Over the past year, AEW has been steadily reinforcing its creative brain trust in anticipation of its newest offering, "AEW Collision." Wrestling icons like CM Punk and Bryan Danielson have reportedly begun to chip in with their creative inputs.
Moreover, AEW World Tag Team Champion Dax Harwood is now part of the innovative collective. Notably, AEW also roped in former podcaster Will Washington, entrusting him with the crucial task of ensuring a seamless narrative flow from one week to the next.
However, this isn't the maiden instance of Konnan voicing his concerns over AEW's narrative coherence. This past April, echoing a similar sentiment, he highlighted the importance of wrestlers' direct involvement in crafting storylines and Khan's oversight.
This was at the time when rumors were abuzz about AEW's addition of a second live TV spectacle, and he felt the brand was overextending even before "Collision" took to the airwaves. Further, in a candid comparison last month, Konnan contended that AEW still lags behind WWE in terms of crafting riveting cliffhangers.
He appreciated WWE's prowess, helmed by Vince McMahon, in weaving intricate, captivating tales throughout their programs.