All Elite Wrestling is planning big things for the first episode of the decade next week, and according to WrestleVotes, there was a plan to introduce an authority figure on Dynamite soon. With the announcement of Taz’s appearance on Dynamite, the report suggested that Taz could be in line to be the commissioner of AEW Dynamite.
However, Dave Meltzer of F4Online.com denied the report and said Taz will merely be making an appearance as a commentator and there are no plans for an on-screen authority figure in AEW at this point.
The Authority figure is a highly controversial element of any show, as some of those have added a great deal of excitement to the show (Teddy Long, Mr.McMahon,etc.) while some have drained the life out of the show with their antics (Stephanie McMahon, The Authority stable, etc.).
WWE dropped all the Authority figures from their programming earlier this year, after persisting with the General Manager role for quite some time. AEW is not looking to go in that direction with on-screen personnel and will continue to function the way it is.
Cody Rhodes, who is the Executive Vice President of the company and has a major influence on the booking decisions, is often referenced as such on AEW programming, effectively making him the authority figure on Dynamite.
Another announcement by AEW took place earlier today when the company announced on Twitter that Kris Statlander won’t be able to compete against Riho for the AEW Women’s Championship on the Jan 1 episode.
Riho will instead take on Hikaru Shida, Britt Baker and Nyla Rose in a Fatal Four Way, and the winner will face Statlander on Jan 8 episode of AEW Dynamite.
Hopefully, AEW puts more emphasis on the Women’s Division going forward, as they have faced heavy criticism for their non-existent female roster.