Daniel Garcia Says ‘It’s A Contract Year’ For Him

Daniel Garcia wants to solidify his next deal.

Throughout the summer of 2021, Daniel Garcia competed on AEW television multiple times and faced stars like Jon Moxley and CM Punk. Garcia had already been one of the most buzzworthy competitors on the independent scene, and his breakout run in AEW led him to officially signing with the company in October 2021. On the November 8 episode of AEW Dynamite, Daniel Garcia challenged MJF for the AEW World Championship. The bout was the most high-profile appearance Garcia has made on AEW programming in recent months.

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Speaking on The Walkway to Fight Club with Steven Muehlhausen of DAZN ahead of the match, Garcia was asked what winning the world title would mean to him.

"I mean, the champion is the person who gets to put the company on their back. They’re the one who’s on every poster, every pay-per-view, every TV show, they make the most money. It would mean a lot for me. This is a contract year for me. So I’m doing everything I can to solidify my next deal, where I end up. So I feel like winning the title, it would be the biggest deal in the world for the place that I’m at right now. It would be amazing," Garcia said.

Garcia went on to describe how he has only been on one strictly AEW pay-per-view since AEW Double or Nothing 2022, and that drives him. He made it clear that he wants to be on every AEW-related thing, from AEW Dynamite to AEW Collision every week. Garcia stated that he wants to put AEW on his back and carry it into the future.

"I haven’t been on a strictly only AEW pay-per-view since Double or Nothing 2022. That’s the only strictly AEW pay-per-view I’ve been on. That’s the only one I’ve ever wrestled on. I’ve been on Forbidden Door, I’ve been on some of the Ring of Honor [events], but that’s the only AEW pay-per-view I’ve ever wrestled on. Like I said, opportunities are hard to come by. I get frustrated and I get mad in a good, motivated way, where I see these pay-per-views pass by. I’m just sitting there, not on them. When I see the intros to the TV show and I’m not on them, when I see the faces on the truck and I’m not on them. So I feel like winning the title, it’s gonna force the hand. They’re gonna have no choice but to put me on every pay-per-view and on the trucks and on every merch, and on everything. I want Daniel Garcia’s beautiful, gorgeous, Hispanic face to be on every AEW-related thing possible. I want to be on Dynamite, Rampage, Collision, Ring of Honor every single week. That’s my aspirations. I’m not somebody that wants to win the title just to say, ‘Look, I have this metal object that I can flaunt around and bring through TSA. I want to be the person to carry AEW into the future, and I want to be the person to put it on my back and lead AEW in the right direction," Garcia said.

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During the interview, Daniel Garcia also called Jon Moxley the best wrestler in the world. Check out his comments here.

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