News on the backstage roles of the AEW EVPs

Sep 29, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

The AEW Executive Vice Presidents have reportedly lost some of the creative control that they once had when launching the company.

The AEW EVPs are Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and AEW World Champion Kenny Omega. A new report from Cassidy Haynes of Bodyslam notes that the group essentially had creative taken away by AEW President, CEO, General Manager & Head Of Creative Tony Khan.

It was noted that creative was “essentially completely taken away” from the EVPs as everything now comes through Khan. AEW talents are reportedly allowed and encouraged to pitch ideas or give suggestions, but “creative is absolutely Khan’s prerogative now.”

It was said that at one point Cody 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. The report further noted that Matt Jackson’s role as EVP was to help his wife Dana with merchandise, while Nick Jackson is focused on handling Being The Elite. Omega is very hands-on with the AEW Games division, and “the gaming side of things,” while still helping to put together matches for the women’s division.

Omega, The Bucks and Rhodes were described as “EVPs in name only in 2021.” A source added that they no longer have the final say in the creative process, or in hiring talent as Khan “pulled back on the reigns and took that power away from all.”

Regarding Rhodes, a source stressed that he really doesn’t have much of a relationship with The Bucks or Omega these days. Omega and The Bucks remain good friends, but it was said that Cody is very much on the outside looking in.

We noted earlier this month how Khan spoke with The Associated Press and commented on how he believes AEW has gotten stronger as he takes on more of the workload.

“I’ve found the company has gotten stronger the more I take on,” Khan said. “And I think the fans would agree with that. The really hardcore fans would actually really agree with that. The people who know, know the more hands-on I got about everything, the company has gotten a lot stronger.”

Stay tuned for more.

5 Responses

  1. John says:

    Yeah Omega needs to stay far far away from the women’s division

  2. CM Chippunk says:

    Good news. Now we’ll see if Khan is really a “money mark” or not; either way, good on him for not letting the inmates run the asylum …

  3. Mudshow Mark says:

    Maybe this is why the show has gotten better the last few months and I don’t mean just the signings. It still has a ways to go for me but the improvement is visible. The children have their hands in the pot less and it looks like it’s paying off.

    I feel like Khan is listening to the criticisms and takes heed on what a realistic assessments.

    Also how long do we give until Uncle Dave tell us that this is bogus.

  4. Some guy says:

    Wait, so the guy writing the checks had the final say now?

    How very WWF. Imagine being a money mark and having all of creative go through one person.

    And yet, aew stans just won’t see it. This is gonna be hilarious

  5. John says:

    These have to be held on a leash because last night’s match with the brodie lee tribute was awful really bad. Just a giant mess, that should have never been on tv. There was no rules in the match it was just confusing. That have to cut back on this wacky stuff.

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