Joey Janela Is Not Re-signing With AEW

Janela made his AEW debut at Double Or Nothing pay-per-view on May 25, 2019 in the Casino Battle Royale, where Hangman Adam Page came out on top. He lost at Fyter Fest in June against Jon Moxley in an unsanctioned match. At Fight for the Fallen, Janela teamed up Darby Allin and Jimmy Havoc in a losing effort against Shawn Spears, MJF and Sammy Guevara. The Bad Boy picked up his first win in AEW when he beat Brandon Cutler on Dark.

Joey Janela will quit AEW after May 2022

Joey Janela decided not to extend his tenure in AEW as his contract is set to expire in May 2022. Joey Janela was one of the first few signees in AEW when Tony Khan and Cody Rhodes started the promotion. He would also perform on the independent wrestling circuit as part of his deal with the company. The Bad Boy is scheduled for an upcoming interview with Denise Salcedo. The American star will further explain the details of why he will not return to AEW during the same conversation.

Joey Janela was unsure about his AEW future a few months back. He signed a three-year contract back in 2019 that would expire in May this year. The AEW star noted that he hadn’t talked to company president Tony Khan about his contract. However, he added that he still received payment from the owner and wishes to remain in the promotion. He also wanted to bridge the working relationship between AEW and GCW even longer.

Joey Janela Had Backstage Heat In AEW

‘The Bad Boy’ confessed to kicking Kingston in the face “a little bit too hard” when they wrestled on AEW’s 8 January Dark tapings. Kingston suffered a broken orbital bone as a result of this, delaying his ongoing feud with Chris Jericho, which eventually culminated at Revolution 2022.

“I think they had plans for me, Tony kept on saying ‘after this we’re bring you back to TV’ but unfortunately I ink a lot of it has to do with a situation where I worked with Eddie Kingston in Charlotte, and I super kicked him in the face a little bit too hard, came in a little bit too hot, I had been squatting probably 50 more pounds than I am used to be squatting, and doing a hundred pounds more on the leg press and I don’t know, I didn’t realize I had that type of power in my legs and I gave him a super kick and I broke his orbital bone. He was going into a feud with Chris Jericho, and I feel that may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. A lot of guys, maybe some older heads that believed my hype and believed that I was some kind of dangerous professional wrestler. I’ve had times where I’ve injured people of course, everyone has. But once you get that reputation, it’s hard to break that. I’ve had a string of bad luck throughout my AEW career and that may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back but I don’t know because they don’t communicate with me.”

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson has since confirmed Janela’s suspicions. There was legitimate heat on Joey following the Kingston incident because it meant Eddie had to miss several weeks of television, forcing a change in plans. On top of this, Janela had, indeed, developed the unwanted reputation of being somebody who multiple people had been hurt while wrestling, which was tough to shake off.

Ashvinkumar Patil is a Sports Journalist, who likes to use his great writing skills to curate articles about Pro Wrestling here at Clout News.

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