Joey Janela Had Heat With AEW Following Eddie Kingston Injury

Joey Janela had heat after breaking Eddie Kingston’s eye socket in AEW

Joey Janela has revealed that he is leaving AEW when his contract expires, and has also revealed that he had significant heat in the company after an incident with Eddie Kingston.

The two wrestled on AEW Dark in January, where Janela broke Kingston’s eye socket and kept 'The Mad King' off of TV for the best part of two months, and as he revealed to Denise Salcedo, ‘The Bad Boy’ believes this incident was the straw that broke the camel’s back:

"...I think they had plans for me, Tony kept on saying 'after this we're bringing you back to TV' but unfortunately I think a lot of it has to do with a situation where I worked with Eddie Kingston in Charlotte, and I superkicked 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 realise 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 later confirmed with AEW sources that Janela did indeed have heat for the Kingston injury, as plans for the Kingston/Jericho feud had to be radically altered. PWInsider also confirmed that Janela did have somewhat of a reputation for being unsafe in AEW.

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