In addition to being in-ring competitors, a few AEW Stars also have other jobs and responsibilities backstage.
The All Elite Wrestling roster is full of multi-talented performers, and Tony Khan seems determined to use them to the fullest. He hired several wrestlers in backstage positions beside their role as in-ring performers.
Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega top the list of AEW Stars who work in more than one capacity for AEW. They serve as Executive Vice Presidents in addition to being in-ring performers.
Likewise, other AEW Stars also hold backstage roles. While some are in managerial positions, others help train their fellow wrestlers to get ready for in-ring action. These AEW stars work as coaches, coordinators, and even makeup artists backstage.
#5. AEW Star/Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes
Like her husband Cody, Brandi Rhodes has more than one job in AEW. The 38-year-old joined AEW in April 2019 to become Chief Brand Officer. Brandi oversees the brand image and represents the promotion.
Brandi took to Twitter to express her excitement at being appointed to her new position. She also assured wrestling fans that she would continue to entertain them in the ring.
Brandi Rhodes kicked off her wrestling career in 2011 when she signed a contract with WWE. The 38-year-old spent several years in Vince McMahon's company, where she served as a ring announcer.
In 2016, Brandi left WWE and started wrestling on the independent circuit. Later that same year, she signed a contract with TNA (IMPACT Wrestling). Less than a year later, she left the company.
Brandi wrestled with a few different promotions between 2017 and 2019 before joining AEW. She made her AEW in-ring debut at Fight For The Fallen in 2019, defeating Allie.
The current AEW Chief Brand Officer has not competed since last October. In her last match, she teamed up with Red Velvet to defeat Elayna Black and Leyla Hirsch on AEW Dark.
In December 2020, Cody and Brandi Rhodes announced that they were expecting their first child. Brandi gave birth to their daughter last June. The 38-year-old is currently on maternity leave.
#4. AEW Star Leva Bates
In addition to being an in-ring competitor, Leva Bates also has another role backstage in AEW. She calls herself Brandi Rhodes' right hand.
"I am pretty much the CEO coordinator. What does that mean? That means I am Brandi Rhodes’ right hand. Pretty much everything she has her fingers in, I am the one that is cranking it out. We do a lot of PR. We do a lot of charity work and all the chief branding. We are working with [AEW] Heels now. I feel like a gofer girl backstage. I am running around backstage trying to connect the pieces for all the different departments. I’m in charge of the makeup department as well as the seamstress," she told AEW Unrestricted.
Leva Bates spent nearly 13 years in the wrestling business before joining AEW in 2019. The 38-year-old also appeared on WWE TV. Besides appearing as one of Adam Rose's Rosebuds, she wrestled a few matches on NXT. Bates' WWE stint ended in late 2015.
She lost in her televised AEW debut against Nyla Rose on AEW Dark in October 2019.
Bates has not competed in AEW since last March. In her last match, she teamed up with Madi Wrenkowski to face Big Swole and Red Velvet. Bates' team lost the match.
#3. AEW Star Christopher Daniels
Christopher Daniels is one of the most experienced stars in AEW. Due to his experience, Daniels holds a managerial position in AEW besides being an in-ring competitor. The 51-year-old is currently Head of Talent Relations.
Last March, Daniels spoke about his backstage role on an episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast.
"I’ve been very fortunate so far that I haven’t had any large issues, any problems yet, and I think part of it is because I feel like as long as I keep in mind to treat everybody with respect and dignity, in the end, I’m talking to people that are in the position that I’m in at some point. I’ve been on their side of the conversation, so I try to keep that in mind when I’m talking to them, and because of that, I’ve been very fortunate to have the respect of the people in the AEW locker room," Daniels said.
Daniels kicked off his wrestling career nearly three decades ago. He wrestled in several promotions, including WWE and WCW, but achieved widespread recognition in TNA and the indies.
Daniels joined AEW in January 2019 and was among the first signees of Tony Khan's company.
#2. AEW Star Rebel
AEW Star Rebel is a licensed cosmetologist. Before becoming a pro wrestler, she attended the Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy. Besides being an in-ring competitor in AEW, she is also a hair and makeup stylist for the women’s division.
Rebel kicked off her wrestling career nearly a decade ago. In 2013, she joined TNA, where she spent three years. Rebel then moved to OVW and also became OVW Women's Champion.
The 49-year-old spent the following years moving between a few promotions before signing with AEW in August 2019. She made her AEW in-ring debut in July 2020 against Big Swole in a losing effort.
In an interview with Sunday Night’s Main Event, AEW Women's World Champion Britt Baker revealed that Cody Rhodes was behind Rebel's return to the ring.
"When the pandemic first started, we had to do a lot of vignettes at home. Tony Khan had the idea to start doing Rules of Being a Role Model, so we were filming in the dental office. Rebel, who was a makeup artist for AEW, she was on the set to do my hair and makeup. Then, it was Cody who wrote her into the script and said, 'Hey, let’s play around with it and call her Reba,'" Baker said.
Last Sunday, Rebel participated in the Casino Battle Royale match at AEW All Out.
#1. AEW Star Colt Cabana
Colt Cabana is currently signed to AEW, working three different jobs.
In an interview with Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Cabana revealed his role in AEW. He said:
"I knew right away that I was not there to be the Jon Moxley of the promotion, but Matt Jackson said something like, 'We just want your brain around.' So, they’ve used me in the aspect of a wrestler. I’m also a coach/producer there. I help with AEW Dark."
Cabana kicked off his career nearly twenty years ago and has competed in several promotions. In 2005, he started wrestling on some WWE shows like Heat and Velocity. However, he did not sign a WWE contract until two years later.
Cabana's WWE run was not very successful. He spent most of his time in developmental and wrestled only 15 matches on the main roster. The 41-year-old lost all his matches in WWE.
Following his WWE departure in 2009, Cabana wrestled for nearly a decade on the independent circuit. After making a few appearances in AEW in 2019, he officially signed a contract with Tony Khan's company in February 2020.
Like Christopher Daniels, Colt Cabana has previously worked with several AEW Stars outside the company, including Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole, and CM Punk.