Cain A. Knight
Chris Jericho has been wrestling on television for decades, so he knows a thing or two about how the business is supposed to work. During a recent appearance on the Keepin’ It 100 with Konnan podcast, Jericho acknowledged that while he loves what he’s doing in AEW, the company could use an organizer to help stay on top of certain details that somehow slip through the cracks. Here is his explanation, courtesy of the Wrestling Inc transcript:
“Everything isn’t always good. We have a lot of details slip through the cracks. We still have quite a few times when very similar angles happen right after one another. Example of that was a few weeks ago, when the big question was ‘Will MJF join the Inner Circle?’ We had this big long thing about whether or not MJF was going to join, I think it was a town hall, that’s where Bischoff was there asking questions. And as soon as we were done, we went to like a package, where Taz was asking Will Hobbs if he’s going to join Taz’s team.
And I went to the production team and I was like, ‘Guys, how can that happen? How can that even be?’ Like, it’s the exact same thing, and nobody even noticed that. Maybe we should move that package somewhere else. In the future, let’s not use the word ‘join’ for Will and Taz. [Instead,] are you going to come with us? Are you going to work with us? Are you going to be apart of our team? ‘Will MJF join the Inner Circle’ was the tagline for our PPV match! Therefore, any other joinings should be suspended for this duration. And that’s just common sense, but sometimes those things just fall through the cracks. I’d like to see a little bit more attention to those kind of details…We don’t have writers, and we’re very proud of that. I think that we could use an organizer.”
Jericho then provided some insight into the process of how the key segments are placed within the two hour Dynamite broadcast:
“QT Marshall takes all of the ideas for the week, and he kind of formats them all. Tony [Khan] will say it’s always about the opening quarter, the crossover quarter, and the final quarter. So I think Tony decides where he wants that, and QT shakes up the rest, and then Tony says, ‘Oh, this is good,’ or, ‘We need a package here.’ So it’s a weekly kind of collaborative process for sure.”
Have you identified any other areas where an organizer can significantly improve the presentation of AEW Dynamite?