There has been a lot of change behind the scenes within AEW since the company’s launch back in 2019 to present day.
One of the major differences from the early days of the company to currently in AEW, is the creative process.
Sources within the company have told me that creative was essentially completely taken away from the EVP’s, as basically everything now comes through/down to Tony Khan. AEW Talents are allowed and encouraged to pitch ideas/give suggestions, but “creative is absolutely Tony Khan’s prerogative now.”
At one point, Cody Rhodes was the only EVP to regularly attend “office” meetings and was an “office” regular, but that role as well as his input with creative have greatly diminished. Matt Jackson’s EVP role, as I was told, has been assisting his wife Dana with merchandise and Nick Jackson is focused on handling BTE. Additionally, it was stated that Kenny Omega is very hands on with AEW Games and “the gaming side of things,” as well as his role of helping to put together the women’s matches.
I was told by sources that, “basically they are EVPs in name only in 2021. They no longer have final say in creative or talent hiring. Any of them. TK pulled back on the reigns and took that power away from all.”
It was also stressed to me from sources that, “Cody doesn’t really have much of a relationship with any of the EVPs, anymore. The others are still great friends, but Cody is very much on the outside looking in.”
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