Despite teases and reports for months, Marty Scurll remained with ROH instead of joining his friends in The Elite in AEW. Scurll not only re-signed with ROH after his contract expired at the end of 2019, he took over as the head booker of the promotion.
AEW had teased Scurll joining the promotion on Being The Elite with references to "Marty," which turned out to be Marty Jannetty. There were also reports that Scurll was going to be The Exalted One, though that was denied by Matt Jackson.
Speaking to Connor Casey of Comic Book, The Young Bucks discussed Scurll remaining with ROH.
"We were kind of feeling him out for a while now and he always was very vague with us, anytime we would bring up storylines and stuff," Nick Jackson said. "So, we pretty much got the hint three months ago or so. And we realized, 'Okay, he's staying put.' Good for him, though. And that he knows how we feel, it's a business. Yeah, it would've been great to have him with us because we're good friends, but he got a great deal out of it and he seems to be very happy. He's definitely going to try to paint his path on his own and more respect to him for doing that. We're all cool though."
Matt Jackson added, "I feel the same way. Marty got a great offer and I think he wanted it to be more than just a wrestler and he got an opportunity to do that. And Marty is a clever guy and he's very talented. I love him and I hope nothing but the best for him. And I hope he can make the place he's working a better place. I want wrestling everywhere to succeed because as long as the boys are being taken care of and there's more opportunities for the boys and girls to wrestle and make money, support their families, then great because the wrestling world needs Ring of Honor to do well. And I think Marty, if you can pinpoint any person right now that can help them, it's him. Good on them, and I'm happy for Marty."
Scurll has not only taken a bigger role in ROH, but he's also made appearances for NWA. He is set to challenge Nick Aldis for the NWA World Heavyweight Title at NWA Crockett Cup.