This week’s episode of “What Happened When” with Tony Schiavone and Conrad Thompson is an episode of “Ask Tony Anything.”
Schiavone answers questions from fans and this week’s topics include: The most shocking thing about being behind the scenes at AEW, what call he regrets during his career, would he leave AEW to join the Atlanta Braves, what would he have done differently if he was in WCW charge and more.
WWE didn’t want to let Tony Schiavone go
Here are some highlights of the program:
Tony Schiavone was asked, “If the Braves called you and offered you the job of announcer, would you leave AEW ?:“ No, that ship has sailed. If I had a chance to do both, I would. But I wouldn’t leave AEW for that. You cannot put a price on working for a good person and that is what we are doing. It is worth its weight in gold. On the surface, everyone would say, man, you want to play for the Braves. But my question is, who would you work for? Who would be my boss? Would it be a good relationship or would he scold me or give me shit and make me feel miserable? With Tony (Khan), it’s very positive. He doesn’t make you miserable and he’s a great person to work with with a good heart. That is worth a lot ”.
Tony was asked, “When you chose AEW over WWE, what position did WWE have in mind for you?” Tony replied:
“They were very vague about it. They said we just want you to come work here. We need more people here who have solid wrestling experience to help out. Well what would I do? Well, you would just work with us. I was talking to Bruce (Prichard) and I think Bruce was filming with me that he didn’t know. Now it’s pretty obvious what was going on and I don’t blame Bruce for it. But they wanted to catch me so AEW wouldn’t catch me and they would have thrown me out the door right after Eric Bischoff or earlier. I don’t blame Bruce, but I understand. I know what Vince (McMahon) was thinking. “
Tony talked about the neck surgery he had years ago:
“I had a couple of accidents where I was hit from behind. One was in Charlotte and the other in Virginia. I went to the hospital both times thinking I had whiplash and apparently it wasn’t. Then later in life, in the late 80s, when I reached for something, I would get an electric shock from the back of my neck to my arms. I had an MRI and it was really serious. I dragged my feet in surgery until I went to a surgeon. He put a neck brace on me immediately and told me to wear this. He said if you have one more accident, you will be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. He told me that the reason it’s so bad is that you have a thinner fluid sac around your spine than most people. That makes any type of contusion or any type of problem you have with your neck more serious. I had studied in Japan because people in Japan have inherently thinner fluid sacs around the spine. It is part of its composition. They have more neck injuries in Japan than anywhere else. They went in and opened up my spine and opened and widened it so that I would have room for my spine in my spine. He said he would also have more back problems as we go along. I have scar tissue in my spinal cord. That is the reason I am still in pain and the doctor said there is nothing they can do about it. But when it comes to the danger that I won’t be able to walk again, I think it’s over. “
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