Frankie Kazarian Says AEW Had 'No Real Direction' During His Run

Inmates running the asylum? That was AEW according to Frankie Kazarian

Former AEW star Frankie Kazarian has criticised the company for its lack of direction during the time he performed there. 

Kazarian was an AEW original, having been with the promotion since its 2019 inception, primarily wrestling alongside SCU stablemates Scorpio Sky and Christopher Daniels. Alongside Sky, Kazarian became one half of the inaugural AEW World Tag Team Champions (when they defeated The Lucha Brothers on the October 30, 2019, episode of Dynamite).

However, towards the end of his AEW tenure Kazarian grew frustrated and ultimately asked for and received his release, before signing full-time with TNA Wrestling in January 2023. 

Speaking about his time working for Tony Khan's during a recent appearance on Busted Open Radio, Kazarian said: 

"Inmates running the asylum in a way, no real direction. I think there was also, at least when I was there, a lot of stories that were presented — 'We're going to do this, this and this'. But after that, then what are you going to do? That was always a problem. I was in meetings in undisclosed hotels at two in the morning where it was myself and The Young Bucks, and Cody, and Chris Daniels, and Scorpio Sky, and Kenny (Omega), and Tony Khan, talking about what would become AEW". 

The 46-year-old held talks with WWE prior to re-joining TNA, but ultimately decided against signing with them.

H/T Inside The Ropes

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