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Kyle O'Reilly Reveals Why He Signed With AEW

O'Reilly became All Elite in December

After spending four years with WWE on NXT, Kyle O'Reilly left the company in December of 2021 after his contract expired.

The former NXT Tag Team Champion wasted little time returning to the ring, debuting in All Elite Wrestling at Holiday Bash on December 22, less than two weeks after he left WWE.

O'Reilly reunited with former Undisputed ERA faction-mates Adam Cole and Bobby Fish during his AEW debut, reforming reDRagon with Fish in the process, and they have continued to feud with Best Friends and Orange Cassidy. 

reDRagon were the latest guests on Talk Is Jericho and O'Reilly revealed on the show why he decided to leave WWE and join AEW.

"Seeing Bobby and Adam come [to AEW], how could you not want to be back with these guys and part of a group like AEW where every week it's like a TakeOver crowd, just on TV. We talk about the natural progression and next steps of one's career and it felt like, for me, it was the next logical step for me. NXT 2.0 rebrand happened and it felt like, before the rebrand, Kyle O'Reilly was a top guy in NXT and after the rebrand, plans shifted," O'Reilly began.

"That's fine, it's business. I'm totally willing to do what I can to get anyone else get over and for the last few months there, I tried my damndest to do so with everyone I worked with. I just wanted to be excited about going to work again and I felt like I left a ton on the table with New Japan and then here, I know there is a good relationship with New Japan. It seemed like a new frontier," he continued.

"There are so many talented guys, so many exciting matchups, so many exciting tag matches because the tag division is stacked and I love tag team wrestling and my tag team partner, the company released and now he's [in AEW]. My deal was done, it was coming up in December, and I ended up doing a week extension just to finish up and do good business by them and finish with WarGames and TV to put Von Wagner over and do business right. I'm happy to do so. The opportunity came to come here, sorting a deal out with Tony (Khan) a day or two before my debut and here we are."

H/T to Fightful

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