Curt Hawkins Believes AEW Has Done Empty Arena Shows Better Than WWE

Though Curt Hawkins can't officially sign anywhere until July, he is a free agent following his WWE release on April 15.

Though most promotions aren't rushing to hire anyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, AEW is at the top of the list for most free agents as they provide a national television outlet that only WWE can compete with.

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"I mean obviously I'd love to (work for AEW). I haven't missed an episode. I've watched everything from day one. I have a ridiculous amount of friends involved in that company so I'm always rooting for them. I'm rooting for, what their impact on the business is as a whole. They've made it better for everybody. So I would never say never to anything. I've even enjoyed their no-fan presentation a lot better than WWE. I think they're doing the best with that scenario. There's so much opportunity once the world starts to turn back. I see the light at the end of this coronavirus tunnel here and I think things are going to normalize to the new normal. And prior to this, wrestling was on fire man, there was just so much opportunity everywhere," Hawkins told Comic Book.

Hawkins mentioned Darby Allin as a potential opponent in AEW as he's never worked with him.

He also discussed the possibility of going to Japan for World Tag League with some familiar faces.

"Zack (Ryder) and I have a group chat with (Luke) Gallows and (Karl) Anderson and they were saying, man it would be awesome if all four of us were in the tag league in the fall or something, and that would be a huge bucket list type scenario for sure," he said. "That's something I would love to do. Japan was a huge, huge check mark on my list that I wanted to accomplish and I actually got to go last summer with WWE for the first time. So I feel a little less motivated to go there because I got it at least off my checklist and I've been and had a whole week tour there with WWE. It was very important to me at one time. But like you said, now with the family... Of course I would still do it and I'd love to do it, but it's not as high up there of a priority, to be away that long, that far away. It doesn't excite me anymore as a family man."

Ryder, Gallows, and Anderson were all released by WWE on April 15. Ryder has said that he won't accept bookings during the pandemic as he doesn't want to disappoint fans. NJPW World Tag League is typically held in November.

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