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-The announce team for AEW’s All Out PPV this weekend will be Excalibur, Jim Ross, and Goldenboy according to PWTorch sources. Alex Marvez has been moved to a backstage commentary role and won’t be on the main commentary team going forward. Goldenboy, who was part of the announce team as part of CEO Gaming’s collaboration with AEW to put on the Fyter Fest event, recently signed a deal with AEW.
-Nick Jackson announced on a recent edition of BTE Mailbag on Being the Elite that there will be an AEW videogame coming in the future.
PWTorch sources have confirmed that Tony Schiavone, who was recently announced to have signed a multi-year day with AEW, will be phased into product gradually. Schiavone has a lot of announcing commitments outside of AEW including his work with MLW, announcing football and baseball right for The University of Georgia and minor league baseball games. Schiavone won’t be appearing at All Out this weekend, as he is announcing Georgia’s football game on Saturday. Pro Wrestling Sheet originally reported that Schiavone wouldn’t be part of the main announce team for AEW.
Radican’s Analysis: Goldenboy is a great signing for AEW. He was tremendous on commentary during Fyter Fest and I’m thrilled that he’s been signed to a full-time contract. He was a natural fit with Excalibur and Ross when he appeared at Fyter Fest and it’s a good move to have Alex Marvez appear in another capacity.
-Awesome Kong announced in a recent interview with New York Post that she will be an entrant in the Casino Battle Royale on the All Out pre-show this weekend. The winner of the Battle Royale will be placed in a match to crown the first AEW Women’s Champion. You can read her interview with the New York Post HERE
-LAX (Santana & Ortiz), who recently finished up their commitments with Impact this month, are being pursued by WWE and AEW according to multiple sources. Impact is out of the running right now, as it appears they were willing to offer big money to the team, but won’t match what AEW and WWE can offer them monetarily. PWInsider first reported that AEW and WWE were interested in signing Santana and Ortiz.
Radican’s Analysis: It will be interesting to see where Santana and Ortiz end up. They won’t be taking the LAX name with them, as Impact will retain the rights to use that name. I haven’t been able to confirm where Santana and Ortiz are headed, but multiple sources have said they expect the duo to sign with AEW, which I think is a better fit for them right now.
AEW has expressed a commitment to push tag wrestling, which is something WWE doesn’t do and when you combine that with the myriad of tag team talent under AEW contract, there’s a chance for the team to be booked in a number of great feuds and matches.