Well, actually, you didn't misunderstand me completely. And it is very likely that I was wasn't completely clear (English is not my native language), so I will give you a quick overview and hope to get it right this time.
Sorry if this is a tl;dr!
I've been using Xfce for years now - both at home an at work. Because I wanted to expand what I know (and because I have a little time on my hands), I wanted to try some tiling WMs. I read up a bit and watched some videos on these - especially the videos from DistroTube. So I created a flash drive with Manjaro and Awesome. After looking at it and playing with it for a while, I decided to give the Awesome a go and wanted to make it my daily driver - keeping Xfce of course so I could always go back to that if needed. So I started my machine normally into Xfce and installed Awesome via pacman. I logged out an into Awesome and that is where the motivation for this thread came from: The Awesome that is now installed beside my Xfce is nothing like the preconfigured Awesome I got to see when booting from the flash drive. it is very vanilla. Distrotube has a tutorial video about configuring Awesome and although his installed Awesome also looks very vanilla, his start menu is populated, which mine isn't (at all).
Since the Awesome on my flash drive used a lot of Xfce stuff, I though it might not be a big deal to get that to work on a machine which already has a working Xfce installed. I just tried to use the config files, but that didn't work. There seemed to be a lot of things missing.
That is when I decided to ask here, if there maybe is a (meta-) package that I could install to get an Awesome that is installed after something else to look and feel like on the flash drive. I know I have to do some work configuring it either way and I am fine with that, I would have just preferred to start from the preconfigured Awesome that is easier for me to work with as a beginner and go from there.
But currently I am working on the vanilla Awesome and will try to get that to work the way I want.
I actually used the Architect to install Manjaro, because I have a dual boot setup with Windows, since I do a little gaming outside of Linux. Apart from that, I wanted to partition the SSD manually and use Btrfs and the regular installer isn't flexible enough for that. I do not believe you can actually install a truly "vanilla" edition using the Architect though. You can choose between the minimal install of an Edition (Xfce, KDE, Awesome etc.) but at least for the main DE, you pretty much get the same thing as what you would get when using the graphical installer. Installing a DE or WM after the fact seems to get you a pretty vanilla install.
I would love to know what your results are when you connect your TV. ATM I don't know how i3 handels multiple desktops and monitors, so I don't know if there would be a conflict with Xfce in this regard. In my case, using Awesome instead of Xfce's WM was pretty bad, because it pretty much make the system unusable. I have configured my Xfce desktop quite heavily and it seems some of that conflicts with Awesome. But I am writing this using the vanilla Awesome (and Firefox of course).
 I intend to try out Qtile, Bspwm and i3 in the near future too.