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Published on August 4th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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All Elite Wrestling Star QT Marshall On His Long Journey To Success In Wrestling, DDP, New Jersey, Future Plans & More

Founded by CEO, GM and Head of Creative Tony Khan, All Elite Wrestling — or AEW, for short — is a new professional wrestling league headlined by Cody & Brandi Rhodes, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Chris Jericho, Sting, Hangman Page, MJF, Darby Allin, Hikaru Shida, Dr. Britt Baker and Jon Moxley. For the first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a roster of world-class talent that is injecting new spirit, freshness and energy into the industry. The inaugural event under the AEW banner was the sold-out Double Or Nothing pay-per-view in Las Vegas in May 2019. AEW began airing its weekly show Dynamite on TNT in October 2019, since finding international success with other weekly programming on both television and digital outlets, including AEW Dark, AEW Dark Elevation, Being The Elite and AEW Unrestricted.

One of the stars who regularly has AEW fans talking is QT Marshall. Prior to signing with AEW, Marshall was the namesake of the award-winning 2017 documentary The Wrestler: A Q.T. Marshall Story. On-camera, Marshall is the leader of the rising faction known as The Factory, which includes former Olympian Anthony Ogogo, Nick Comoroto and Aaron Solo. Off-camera, as a co-owner and trainer of the Georgia-based wrestling school The Nightmare Factory, Marshall has been instrumental in many of wrestling’s future stars while also helping produce AEW’s internationally-popular television and digital programming. Marshall is well-respected enough to have had Hall Of Fame wrestler Diamond Dallas Page legitimately pass along his finishing move, The Diamond Cutter, to Marshall.

I had the pleasure of speaking with QT Marshall via Zoom on July 26, 2021, as embedded below. Beyond his work with AEW, we spoke about Marshall’s long-term journey to success, his New Jersey roots, how independent music relates to wrestling, future plans and plenty more. Additional information about Marshall and AEW can be found by clicking here, here, here and here.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal.Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."


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