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Published on August 16th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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The Dark Order’s Preston Vance On Becoming A Fan Favorite In AEW, Future Plans, Music & 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 groups who regularly has AEW fans talking is The Dark Order. The stable consists of Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, John Silver, Alex Reynolds, Preston Vance, Alan Angels, Anna Jay, Colt Cabana and Brodie Lee Jr. Vance — also known as “10” — first became associated with The Dark Order in April 2020, about 3 months after debuting in AEW as a singles competitor. Prior to signing with AEW, Vance was the winner of several singles championships around the U.S. indie circuit. These days, Vance is regularly seen in main events on Dark, Dark Elevation and Dynamite, as all of the members of The Dark Order frequently have multiple appearances within each episode of weekly AEW programming.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Preston Vance on August 16, 2021 via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond AEW’s continued success and Vance’s pride about his membership in The Dark Order, we spoke about life outside of wrestling, future goals for the Michigan native, and music. More on Vance, The Dark Order and AEW can be found by clicking here, 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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