Brad Davis of SEScoops.com recently interviewed All Elite Wrestling‘s Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes. Rhodes told Davis that AEW doesn’t intend on hiring writers anytime soon, and instead will focus on allowing wrestlers the creative freedom to be their own writers.
According to Rhodes, there is a collaborative effort and the company will have an end goal, but ultimately doesn’t want to tell some of the talent on board “how to play their own music.”
He continued, “When you have like-minded super-professionals like Matt and Nick, like Hangman Page, when you have like-minded super-professionals, it’s fun to see how everyone works for that common goal. Again, the wrestling I grew up on. We’re talking bullet points, we’re talking an overall knowledge of the business, and hey, let them go out and play. Take a look back at the wrestling you and I love. For the most part, they’re all grown men and women doing what they were hired to do. They’ve cut their teeth, they’ve paid their dues and now they’re going to go out there and play their music. I would very much like a presentation that mirrors that. We don’t need to micro-manage and we certainly don’t need to script a great deal of the product we’re planning.”
Cody has no intention of hiring writers anytime soon, “This is probably going to be an unpopular thing to say, but I will say it. There won’t be a writer hired for All Elite Wrestling any time soon. Because wrestlers are the writers. We’re the writers. Like I said with guys going out there and playing their own music, believe me – the day comes that I see ‘this is something we can really benefit from’ – absolutely, but I knew 40 writers in WWE and about 4 of them actually did anything. The reason I remember them and value them, they helped produce pre-tapes, they were team players, so right now that’s one thing we’ve gotten a lot of questions about. We’re keeping it very in-house for now.”
Cody Rhodes: AEW Not Hiring Writers Anytime Soon