Former WWE writer says AEW needs leadership and people there told him “it sucks backstage”

During his Wrestling with Freddie podcast, former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. talked about the backstage drama in AEW following the 2022 All Out PPV…

“This should have been about the return of MJF. He’s going against CM Punk, which was the best storyline in wrestling in the last 20 freakin years, and because of a bunch of backstage bullsh*t, everybody’s talking about guys that aren’t even wrestling for the friggin championship. They’re not talking about this storyline. MJF was a friggin afterthought which is disgusting.”

“It’s bad there, man. There’s no leadership. He was saying stuff in front of his boss that was making Tony cringe and become this shrinking violet, and that’s his boss. So there is no leadership backstage. Things have to be a mess back there. They have to find someone that everyone universally respects that can, not have a wrestlers court, but at least, or maybe that’s what they need is a wrestlers court. I mean, one of their EVPs, Adam Page, said he doesn’t need advice. He doesn’t take advice. I know a lot of actors that talk like that and they’re in their 20s, and I’m like, ‘Yo man. This is Peter Falk. You like not going to take a minute?’ They said, ‘I’m going to do what brought me here.’ All right, dog.”

“I don’t know what’s going on there. I have a couple of friends who work there who just say it sucks backstage. They need leadership or someone from the outside that is in a position of power above the EVPs that ain’t having this or at least can bring people together and say have it, like hash it out right now even if that means you guys gotta throw some punches. I’ll drive you to the doctor as soon as it’s over. I don’t know what’s going on there, but if they don’t get their sh*t together, Triple H is going to run away with the wrestling business. Run away with it.” (quotes courtesy of