Tully Blanchard Revealed As Shawn Spears' Executive Advisor, Tony Khan Comments

Shawn Spears revealed the ace up his sleeve.

Fightful reported Tuesday evening that Shawn Spears would be getting a manager on this week's episode of All Elite Wrestling's "Road To All Out." At the end of the episode, Tully Blanchard made his way on-screen, revealing himself to be Spears' manager.

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The 65-year old Blanchard is a legend of the pro wrestling world, and a member of both the NWA and WWE Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Four Horsemen, and widely considered one of the best heels of his era on his way to several reigns with the NWA and WWE tag team titles with Arn Anderson. His daughter Tessa currently competes as one of the top stars in Impact Wrestling.

AEW issued the following press release on the situation.

During last night’s episode of AEW’s “The Road to All Out,” Shawn Spears
unveiled the ace up his sleeve in the form of legendary wrestling villain Tully Blanchard. Effective
immediately, Blanchard has entered into a multi-show agreement with Spears and AEW.
Blanchard, a second generation star who is widely considered one of the most notorious and
treacherous wrestlers of all time, was a member of the world renowned Four Horsemen, the
NWA World Television Champion and holder of multiple tag team titles.

“Shawn Spears’ new advisor Tully Blanchard is a legendary retired wrestler and a canny
tactician known worldwide for his vicious streak and penchant for chicanery,” said Tony Khan,
President and CEO of AEW. “Given the challenge that Shawn has issued to Cody for a match at
ALL OUT as well as the long, bitter history between Tully and the Rhodes family, plus Shawn’s
recent behavior in AEW, it appears that Tully Blanchard has a great deal of influence over
Shawn’s intents and actions. This indicates that going forward Shawn Spears will be one of the
most feared and unpredictable wrestlers in AEW.”

Spears is set to take on longtime friend Cody Rhodes at AEW All Out next month, after attacking him with a steel chair at AEW Fyter Fest. The feud began when Spears, the former Dillinger, took exception to Cody referring to him as "a good hand."

All Elite Wrestling's All Out takes place on Saturday, August 31 from Hoffman Estates near Chicago, Illinois at the Sears Centre.

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