Daniel Garcia: Why I Waited To Sign With AEW

Garcia officially signed with the promotion this week

Daniel Garcia is officially All Elite, with the highly touted grappler declaring his future to the organisation after a Summer of high profile bouts in AEW and beyond. 

Despite wrestling consistently with AEW in recent months, Garcia waited to sign a contract with the company, and in conversation with Jon Alba on One-On-One, Garcia has revealed why he took time making his decision:

"You always gotta bet on yourself. You always have to bet on yourself. I never wanted to be the guy to sign somewhere just to say I got a big contract. I don’t want to go somewhere and be a body, and I don’t want to go somewhere that doesn’t have a plan for me. Obviously, I had opportunities a bunch of places, and the timing just didn’t feel right. I can’t explain it. I don’t know why. I feel like my mom has given me very good intuition in life, and the timing just didn’t feel right for a lot of those places. She helped me grow up and helped me to take my time and not rush into things and not to rush the process. The past year or so, a bunch of opportunities arose, but I knew that I didn't want to go anywhere just to say I got a contract, I wanted to go somewhere and instantly be a top player and I want to be a major play in whatever company I decided to go to."

Garcia continued by saying, "In a non-selfish way, I knew I didn't want to go somewhere until, one, the indies were in a better position than when I found them and two, until I felt like I was undoubtedly the best wrestler on the entire circuit. For a while, the independents were looking a little bit weak, not a lot of talent was there, but over the past couple of months, a bunch of very talent talent have come through and made names for themselves like Bryan Keith, Mysterious Q, YOYA, Janai Kai. We can leave indie wrestling alone now. I don't think they need me. For a while, selfishly, I was like, 'Man, they need me here to help teach people, they need me here to be a draw and better the product.' I feel like I accomplished my goal of being regarded as the best wrestler on the Independents. I was happy to step away."

H/T: Fightful

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