ROH SPOILERS: Tony Khan Adds Authority Figures To Ring Of Honor

AEW personnel get new roles at ROH TV tapings.

Stokely Hathaway

Tony Khan's umbrella of wrestling promotions officially has its first set of on-air authority figures.

As confirmed during Sunday's Ring Of Honor television tapings in Orlando, FL's Universal Studios, Stokely Hathaway and Jerry Lynn have been appointed as authorities on the brand.


Fightful Select that Hathaway had been pushing for a new role in AEW/ROH, with his old stable, The Firm, officially coming to an end in the recent Firm Deletion match. Stokely was introduced as a member of the 'Board of Directors' during the ROH tapings.

Hathaway will act as ROH's heel authority figure, while Lynn will serve as the babyface. This will not have any impact on Khan's ROH role, however. Fightful states that Lynn and Hathaway's appointments are kayfabe only, with Khan not reducing his booking responsibilities on ROH in any way.


During the tapings, Khan stated that Lynn and Hathaway will have a degree of authority, though he will retain the final say. Again, kayfabe.

Although Khan is acknowledged as AEW's on-air matchmaker, the promotion has never installed formal, WWE-style General Managers or other authority figures, making these ROH "appointments" a significant move in the company's lifespan.

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