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AEW ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF TALENT RELATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM

— Roles for Sonjay Dutt, QT Marshall, Pat Buck and Tony Schiavone will Increase Under Expanded Talent Relations Team; Madison Rayne Joining to Coach Women’s Division —

August 3, 2022
– AEW CEO, GM and Head of Creative Tony Khan announced an expansion to AEW’s talent relations team with the promotions of key staff members including Sonjay Dutt, QT Marshall, Pat Buck and Tony Schiavone. In addition, Madison Rayne will join AEW as a coach in the women’s division.

As AEW continues its meteoric rise, the expanded talent relations team will strengthen the infrastructure required to facilitate the development, health and safety of AEW’s outstanding roster. The following promotions and additions are effective immediately:

Sonjay Dutt (Retesh Bhalla) has been promoted to Vice President of Production and Creative Coordination. In this role, he will coordinate communication of AEW storylines, liaise between post-production and key staff to maintain content workflow, produce ancillary content and mentor new producers. Dutt joined AEW in 2021, bringing more than 20 years of experience in professional wrestling – both in-ring and as a producer – and continues to serve on-screen as manager to Satnam Singh and Jay Lethal.

QT Marshall (Michael Cuellari) has been promoted to Vice President of Show and Creative Coordination. He will help to manage show elements including planning programs and storylines, character development, overseeing extras and live event logistics coordination. Marshall, an AEW original with more than 20 years of experience, will continue to wrestle as the leader of The Factory with Anthony Ogogo, Nick Comoroto, Aaron Solo and Cole Karter.

Pat Buck (Pat Buckridge) has been promoted to Vice President of Talent Development. In this position, he will liaise with talent and production, oversee all coaches, provide input on matches and promos, and lead the talent relations team. Buck brings nearly two decades of experience serving wrestling promotions as a talent, trainer, producer and promoter.

Tony Schiavone has been promoted to Senior Producer and Special Advisor to Talent. In this capacity, he will work directly with talent as part of the Talent Relations team. Schiavone is one of AEW’s most tenured members and has nearly 40 years of experience, with an iconic voice that has guided fans through professional wrestling’s most incredible moments.

Madison Rayne (Ashley Nichole Lomberger) will join AEW as a coach in the women’s division, and kick-off her new role tonight in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Madison has competed in numerous professional wrestling promotions where she has held multiple championship titles, including 5-time Women’s World Champion. She has more than 15 years of experience in professional wrestling, and is also a proud mom to a daughter.

Christopher Daniels, an AEW original who brings more than 30 years of industry experience, will continue to serve as Manager of Talent Relations. The Talent Relations team will also remain in close contact with AEW’s Legal and Talent Resources team – led by Margaret Stalvey, Chris Peck and Megha Parekh – who help to support the physical and mental health, safety and security of talent. AEW is also committed to supporting talent beyond the ring, and offers access to world- class physicians, trainers and mental health clinicians.
 

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I'm not sure about how qualified Madison Rayne is to be a coach but it would be kinda fun to have her manage TayJay.

Also, she's only 36 according to Google, so she could be a competitor in the division too
 

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It makes sense for Maddison Rayne. You'd imagine Gail Kim has significant influence over the Knockouts Divison in Impact which would limit Maddison's opportunities.

Tony Schiavone's new responsibilities will hopefully be the start of a transition of change in the announce team. Him and JR are nice for nostalgia purposes but they're not very good.

QT Marshall's new role is a bit of a surprise after he lied to Shaq about the crash pad. If he had hurt himself to the point where he missed appearances the networks relationship with AEW would be very different. Hopefully it means we will never see the useless fuck on TV though.
 

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It's a good thing that they are listening to fan and talent criticisms and addressing it with changes.

They absolutely needed to restructure the talent and corporate relations which they have now done and they needed someone to work with the women, which they now have. If she can do what Gail Kim has done with the knockouts or even what half of Sara Del Ray done with the WWE women, then it will be worth the acquisition. I just wish someone would give Victoria a job as a coach.
 

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How can anyone know how good/bad these guys are at backstage roles? Like, can you tell me Sonjay Dutt is no good as 'Vice President of Production and Creative Coordination' with any explanation as to why? More hating for the sake of it.

WWE has guys like Chris Parks (Abyss), Petey Williams and Shawn Daivari as producers, who sound no more impressive on paper, but you and I have no idea how well they are doing behind the scenes.

For all the 'Pat Buck produced the disaster at WM', what about the hundreds of other matches he produced in WWE on TV and PPV? Bear in mind, WWE didn't fire him, he quit.
 

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One one hand I feel like could do better than Madison Rayne but even if she's not the best performer she's been around the business long enough to see what does and doesn't work so she's probably a good hand to have around.

Also everyone talking about Pat Buck producing bad matches, is that really such a big deal here? It doesn't say he's producing matches anywhere in this job description, it says he can "provide input" but it's not like he's producing the entire match, only really mentioned that role in the section about his experience.
 

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Expanding talent relations is a good move and very much needed given some of the recent events.

The choices are kinda weird. Like Madison Rayne I don't exactly understand, but I guess give her a shot and see what happens.
 

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Pat Buck produced the worst WWE PPV matches this year. This isn't good. It's probably a knee-jerk response to the shitty communication from talent relations that gets repeatedly highlighted in AEW.
he was not creatively stimulated producing the main event of Wrestlemania - you know nothing Legit Sassy Boss
 

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How can anyone know how good/bad these guys are at backstage roles? Like, can you tell me Sonjay Dutt is no good as 'Vice President of Production and Creative Coordination' with any explanation as to why? More hating for the sake of it.

WWE has guys like Chris Parks (Abyss), Petey Williams and Shawn Daivari as producers, who sound no more impressive on paper, but you and I have no idea how well they are doing behind the scenes.

For all the 'Pat Buck produced the disaster at WM', what about the hundreds of other matches he produced in WWE on TV and PPV? Bear in mind, WWE didn't fire him, he quit.
Exactly. These roles have such a different skill set than being in front of the camera. How would any of us know how good they are in these positions?
 
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