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Joey Janela Not Interested In Re-Signing With AEW, Wishes The Promotion Would Talk To Him

Joey Janela details why he won't be re-signing with AEW

Speaking with Denise Salcedo of Instinct Culture, Joey Janela revealed he will depart All Elite Wrestling when his contract expires on May 1 simply because he has no interest in signing a new deal with the promotion. 

"I said in a couple interviews with Sean {Ross Sapp} in September that All Out weekend, I said 'yes.' Recently, in an interview with Barstool Sports I said 'yes'. My contract is up on May 1st. And I am gonna have to say no now. I am not interested in signing with AEW. Re-signing with them," Janela said.

While he may be leaving the company, Janela isn't sad and he feels he did everything he wanted to do in AEW. 

"I am not sad at all. I did everything I wanted to do there. Within the six months I started there, my goal was to wrestle Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega, main event TV, main event pay-per-view. Did it all. The only thing I didn't get was an action figure. So be it. It's over now and we're just moving forward. I have no complaints, I thank Tony {Khan}," Janela added.

The 32-year-old does wish the promotion would communicate with him more, though, and he revealed that AEW have been "radio silent" with talents whose contracts are expiring.

"They've been doing this to people, they've been radio silent on the people they are letting the contracts expire, that's why you have talent relations to talk to your talent and tell them what the situation is. If they are gonna have a paycheck coming in or if they are gonna be signed to a per appearance deal, which some of the guys have agreed to. I would never agree on a per appearance deal anywhere," he continued.

"I just wish there was less radio silence on their end with me. I consider Tony {Khan} a friend, I hung out with Tony a lot in the beginning days of AEW, I just wish they would talk to me. I know it's come to an end. But I appreciate them, I appreciate the experience I had and I am gonna take everything I learned there and bring it with me for the rest of my career," Janela admitted.   

After his AEW contract expires, Janela plans to focus on performing on the independent wrestling scene and he revealed he will make similar money to his AEW deal, although he will have to work double the dates. 

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