The original All Elite Wrestling (AEW) plans for Dark Order, the faction composed of Evil One, Stu Grayson, John Silver, and Alex Reynolds, were very different from those put into practice. As reported by journalist Dave Meltzer on Friday, the AEW creative team wanted the British Marty Scurll to be the leader of the group.
Tony Khan’s company, which was aware that Scurll ended the contract with Ring of Honor (ROH) in November, negotiated with him during the last two months of the year. In the event that he had accepted, the idea was to debut in the last episode of AEW Dynamite of 2019 as a new member of the Dark Order. In the end, after the Scurll refusal, the stable closed the program with an attack on all members of The Elite and the presentation of Silver and Reynolds.
Meltzer explained that, as happened with the attempt to hire Mexican Bandit, AEW did not make very aggressive offers from an economic point of view. Meltzer believes that AEW already has a large workforce and hiring has ceased to be a priority.
In addition, the journalist speculates on the possibility that AEW is saving in the face of market arrivals of Matt Hardy, Luke Harper, and The Revival.
Marty Scurll’s new contract with ROH
Meltzer also provided new details about Marty Scurll’s multi-year agreement with ROH. With this new contract, the greatest deal in the history of the company, Scurll will gain weight in the backstage. On the one hand, Scurll already shares the creative department with the hitherto head booker, Hunter Johnson “Delirious”, who will gradually relegate functions to devote himself exclusively to his role as Executive Producer.
With this new dynamic, which was already implemented last week during the first two events of the year, Scurll becomes responsible for proposing ideas and stories, while Johson will do the same by adapting them to television. Meltzer explained that Delirious is very happy with the change since, beyond agreeing with Scurll’s first plans, he feels he can now reduce his workload and stress levels.
On the other hand, from the economic point of view, the value of Scurll’s contract with ROH has been described as one “similar to the main WWE roster “. The Scurll calendar will be reduced compared to WWE or AEW, as it has about 40 dates per year.
In turn, Scurll will be free to work in other companies in the United States, such as National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) or Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), except WWE and only AEW.