Long-time wrestling producer and director Keith Mitchell will be retiring after tonight's AEW Dynamite New Year's Smash.
Mitchell, who began his time in the wrestling business with World Class Championship Wrestling, went on to work for WCW, TNA/Impact Wrestling, then joined AEW in 2019.
AEW president Tony Khan tweeted:
"Tonight’s the last #AEWDynamite ever on TNT & this event New Year’s Smash is very special as this will be the final wrestling event produced by the great Keith Mitchell in his amazing 40 year career spanning World Class/WCW/Impact/@AEW. Let’s make Keith’s retirement show a Smash!"
Speaking on his Something to Wrestle podcast in 2019, WWE executive Bruce Prichard stated that he tried to hire Mitchell away from WCW decades ago. He also said that a highlight of his time in TNA was getting to work with Mitchell. Answering a fan question on his 83 Weeks podcast in 2019, Eric Bischoff stated that were he to start a wrestling company from the ground up, Mitchell would be the first person he would try to hire.
Here is the announced lineup for Dynamite:
- Jim Ross returns
- CM Punk appears
- TBS Championship tournament semifinals: Thunder Rosa vs. Jade Cargill
- Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Orange Cassidy, Trent & Chuck Taylor
- Lucha Brothers, Christian Cage, Jurassic Express vs. Matt Hardy, Private Party & FTR
- Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz vs. Daniel Garcia & 2point0