Matt Hardy explains how the creative process has changed in All Elite Wrestling through the years.
When Matt Hardy joined AEW, the company was less than a year old. Since then, AEW has grown exponentially, the number of weekly television shows and yearly pay-per-views they produce while also adding on sporadic untelevised live events and continuing to debut in new markets.
For as many changes have appeared on-screen, the behind-the-scenes structure has changed as well. Speaking on a new AdFreeShows exclusive Q&A episode of The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, Hardy detailed how the creative structure has changed, noting that there is not the immediate direct line to Tony Khan that there once was as the structure has fleshed out to include more of a creative team
"It is very interesting because when this place first started, usually you would speak to Tony," Hardy recalls. "That's how it started, especially back in the pandemic era when we were just in Jacksonville everyone was in the same area every single week for the same amount of time. Now they have started filling out the system a little bit, and they're making things work a little more smoothly. There's Tony here, and then there's a couple of guys underneath him. They're also putting in guys that are almost like writers or guys who keep track of the angles and all the stories on the show. So, it depends. You go to a different guy that's kind of considered your guy. QT [Marshall] has done a lot of the work with myself and Ethan Page and Isiah [Kassidy], and Jeff [Hardy], so it would probably be QT that would be our starting point. QT or Sonjay [Dutt]."
Hardy was later asked whether or not there has been any change of plans in regards to his current storyline with Ethan Page. Hardy says that everything has continued to go according to plan thus far.
"No. What we have happening right now is what we decided to do after I joined him. From day one, this was our plan all the way through. So I'm pretty happy that it was able to run this course, and it didn't get changed. It didn't go off track, and Ethan is getting great reactions as a babyface, so I'm very happy with where it's at," Matt said.
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