On a recent episode of his weekly ‘What Happened When’ podcast, legendary Old School NWA/WWF/WCW commentator Tony Schiavone and his co-host Conrad Thompson spoke about matches that end with a disqualification.
They also talked about scenarios where sometimes such matches main event weekly television shows, where after the DQ a huge brawl follows and the show goes off the air, which is supposed to be a cliffhanger, that makes the fans tune in again for the next episode the following week.
Here’s what Schiavone said about this:
“That’s a storytelling device. You can still have a finish in your match and then move on with the storytelling device after the finish.
I never liked f*ck finish DQs. F*ck finish DQs is f*cking the fans. You don’t want to f*ck the fans. You can only f*ck them so many times.”
Tony Schiavone worked as a play-by-play commentator for Jim Crockett Promotions (1983-1989), the World Wrestling Federation (1989-1990) and Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (1990-2001), before joining Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling in 2019.
AEW has a new Schiavone behind the scenes as Tony’s son is now working backstage.
Tony Schiavone, a staple of wrestling for decades, has worked with AEW since August 2019 and works as a commentator and conducts interviews.
On the latest episode of AEW Unrestricted, Tony announced that his son Matt is now working behind the scenes.
“I’ve really kind of wrestled with even mentioning this, but I’m going to, we have just hired a brand new producer to help us backstage. It’s a producer who’s had 15 years of network TV experience, and really knows what he’s doing. I really wrestled with even wanting him to come to work for us, and it’s my son, Matt.”