Tony Schiavone has revealed WWE reached out to him with a job offer prior to committing his wrestling future to AEW, though he declined because something was "very sketchy" about it.
Speaking on yesterday's AEW Dynamite Post-Show, the announcer confirmed contact with WWE but said the promotion were ambiguous with their offer, failing to disclose a specific job title or provide even a vague indication of what he'd be doing. All that WWE told him was that they wanted "more people with a strong wrestling background."
This indicated to Schiavone that WWE were only reaching out to him so that AEW couldn't have him, believing that the market-leading promotion would have ran him "right out of the door right behind Eric Bischoff."
The announcer was "getting jacked around by the WWE HR department," in his own words, though he would have gone to work for the company had he been contacted by Vince McMahon or Bruce Prichard instead.
Schiavone has been signed to AEW since August 2019, working as both a broadcaster and senior producer. He is a virtual ever-present on Dynamite and pay-per-view, typically joining Jim Ross and Excalibur in the announce booth.
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