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AEW announced in a press release today that Tully Blachard has signed a multi-show deal with the promotion. Blanchard debuted on “The Road to All Out” last night when he interrupted Shawn Spears’s sitdown interview with Jim Ross and told him the interview was over.
Radican’s Analysis: The press release is written mostly in kayfabe in reference to Blanchard’s history as a heel. Blanchard, who was a longtime adversary of Dusty Rhodes, will now be paired with Shawn Spears against Rhodes’s son Cody.
You can read AEW’s press release below:
During last night’s episode of AEW’s “The Road to All Out,” Shawn Spears unveiled the ace up his sleeve in the form of legendary wrestling villain Tully Blanchard. Effective immediately, Blanchard has entered into a multi-show agreement with Spears and AEW.
Blanchard, a second generation star who is widely considered one of the most notorious and treacherous wrestlers of all time, was a member of the world renowned Four Horsemen, the NWA World Television Champion and holder of multiple tag team titles.
“Shawn Spears’ new advisor Tully Blanchard is a legendary retired wrestler and a canny tactician known worldwide for his vicious streak and penchant for chicanery,” said Tony Khan, President and CEO of AEW. “Given the challenge that Shawn has issued to Cody for a match at ALL OUT as well as the long, bitter history between Tully and the Rhodes family, plus Shawn’s recent behavior in AEW, it appears that Tully Blanchard has a great deal of influence over Shawn’s intents and actions. This indicates that going forward Shawn Spears will be one of the most feared and unpredictable wrestlers in AEW.”