2point0 (Matt Lee & Jeff Parker) were starting to gain traction on NXT television when they were released by the company on June 25.
It didn't take long for the duo, known as Ever-Rise in WWE, to find work as they were quickly scooped up by AEW following their 30-day non-compete clauses expiring.
Speaking on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, 2point0 discussed how their AEW signing came together.
"Getting to AEW started by getting fired from WWE. That was a big first step. That was the first domino to fall. [Laughs]. That was terrifying time because Matt just had a child so his wife was expecting at the time," said Jeff.
Matt added, "We were seven weeks out when we got let go. I gotta figure out how to make a living, there's immigration issues because we're Canadian. Are we gonna have to move back? We obviously don't want to move back. I want this kid to be American, give him some options."
Jeff continued by revealing how quickly everything with AEW came together.
"We have been here for the better part of three years so we've set down roots. We don't necessarily go back home permanently, especially moving back to Canada as far as wrestling goes, your options are substantially limited, especially during the pandemic. That was the biggest part of 'what do we do? how do we figure out that?' The first leg after being fired was figuring out that part more so than what are we going to do as far as wrestling goes. That had to be secondary because we couldn't do anything until that was figured out. Luckily for us, we know a lot of people in AEW. You make a lot of friends, put in a couple of calls like, 'Hey guys, look, if there's anything you can do for us,' some people think that if you have a friend, they'll get you a job. Doesn't work like that. At the most, you get an opportunity or put a good word in. That's kind of the trajectory that it was. 'Oh, maybe we'll get you for Dark,' Yeah, no problem. As long as we could get a foot in the door and try and see if we can work something out. That was the first progression and then we went to talking. We get a call being like, 'Tony has an idea for you on Dynamite.' Out of nowhere," he said.
Matt added, "I get a call from Chris Harrington on a Saturday night at 10pm and he goes, 'So, we're going to bring you in on Tuesday.' What? What is happening here? We get another call where Jeff ended up speaking to him where he says, 'I think Tony has an idea for you guys for Dynamite.' We're like, 'What is happening?' It happened so fast."
2point0 and Daniel Garcia aligned on the August 4 episode of AEW Dynamite.
Matt said about the pairing, "Tony had an idea for the six-man tag and wanted to use Moxley, Darby, and King together as a trio. So he paired us with Daniel Garcia and it meshed really well. That match could not have gone any better for us."
2point0 and Garcia were defeated by Darby Allin, Jon Moxley, and Eddie Kingston on the show.
When asked about the pairing with Garcia, Jeff said it is "Absolutely fantastic. I really couldn't have asked for anybody better to be paired up with. It's always a terrifying thing when you get thrown together with somebody because chemistry is a big thing."
Matt said, "We were kind of familiar with him because he's a Northeast guy too from Buffalo and he would wrestle in our area in Montreal, so we were familiar with him. Tony had us do this promo, I guess to announce the match for Dynamite, and it clicked. We fed off each other and he listened and we listened to his ideas, and it just meshed so well. We could not ask for more."
Both men said that it feels like they have been teaming together forever. 2point0 quickly began calling Garcia "their son."
2point0 and Garcia picked up a victory over Justin Corino, Shayne Stetson & The 1MANTHRILLRIDE on the October 4 episode of AEW Dark: Elevation.
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