On Feb. 12, WrestleCon updated their Detailed Talent Schedule to quietly note that AEW canceled the appearances of Sammy Guevara and Darby Allin. Both men were cleared by AEW to appear at the convention, which runs April 2-5 in Tampa, FL, according to WrestleCon.
WrestleCon says they were given no reason as to why Allin and Guevara were pulled from the convention as they were never contacted by the promotion and no replacements were offered. WrestleCon was informed of there being an issue with the bookings by Guevara and the vendor that booked Allin.
Allin and Guevara are now advertised for The Great Philadelphia Comic Con, which runs April 3-5 in Philadelphia, PA.
Orange Cassidy, Nyla Rose, and Kris Statlander were also cleared by AEW and are still scheduled to appear at the convention. Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho were booked through Barry Bloom Talent Agency, which supersedes AEW, while Jon Moxley was booked through PrimeTime Appearances. All three stars are also still scheduled to appear.
Fans hoping to score AEW merchandise featuring Jericho, Omega, and Moxley at WrestleCon might be disappointed as the convention will be selling non-AEW merchandise of the talent. WrestleCon was told by ProWrestlingTees that they could no longer buy AEW merchandise prior to placing a large t-shirt order. WrestleCon was told that AEW didn't want their merchandise sold in Tampa and specifically at WrestleCon. This was described as a business decision and not personal towards the convention.
While some AEW talent will still appear at the convention for autographs, AEW talent won't be wrestling on any WrestleCon event. WrestleCon was told that AEW didn't want talent wrestling on any WrestleMania weekend shows. However, AEW talent have been announced for select Game Changer Wrestling events, including Joey Janela's Spring Break. When asked if AEW had changed their stance on not allowing talent to wrestle on WrestleMania week shows, WrestleCon was told that select talent is allowed to wrestle on Janela's show due to Janela's relationship with the company, but AEW didn't want a full-blown AEW show during the week.
AEW Co-Executive Vice President Cody has stated multiple times that WrestleMania week is for WWE and has said "piggybacking would just be lame."
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