Tony Schiavone: My Wife Threatened To Divorce My Ass If I Took Another Job With WWE
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Tony Schiavone is usually a co-host of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, but he was the guest on the show’s newest episode. He looked back on his remarkable broadcasting career. The AEW Dynamite color commentator revealed that his wife threatened to leave him if he signed with WWE rather than AEW.
“I knew immediately I wanted to work ([or AEW],” said Schiavone. “And I also had a wife of mine, we’ve been married now 39 years, who told me, ‘If you take a job back with the WWE, I’m gonna divorce your as–.'”
He also reflected on the end of his run with WCW. At the time, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter named him the worst TV announcer in 1999 and 2000. Schiavone admitted that he wasn’t happy with his performance.
“It was not a good time, and I’ve had people since then say, ‘Oh the matches were so bad that it dragged you down,” said Schiavone. ‘Well, that’s an excuse. When the matches are really bad is when you have to shine, is when you have to up your game, and I was a little too much over the top.
“And I go back and listen to those days, ‘99 and ‘00. I go back and listen to those days or watch that, and it bugs me because I was nothing but a hype machine. And I tried to overhype it, and I was pushed to do that, too and I get it. But still, you’ve got to accept responsibility for, I could have done a much better job. And I was kind of checked out at that time. I get it, I was bad, we were bad.”
The full episode is available here: