Joey Janela Discusses Relationship With Tony Khan, How He Improved Communication In AEW

In March, Joey Janela spoke with Denise Salcedo and said he wouldn't be re-signing with AEW once his contract expired at the end of April.

Janela said he hadn't been in contact with AEW and that they had gone "radio silent" on him. In the end, Janela and AEW parted ways once his contract expired.

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Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on Insight, Janela provided more details on his AEW departure and the fallout from the interview with Denise.

"Chances are, I was going to be renewed, whether it be with Ring of Honor, but I just ran my mouth in an interview saying, "I haven't heard from anyone, what is going on? I guess I'm not getting renewed,'" he said.

When asked if he heard from anyone after the interview, Janela said, "No, I heard Tony (Khan) was hot about it. It made him look bad, it made their talent relations look bad, but at the same time, it made them improve their communications with talent within that two-week period that I did that, communications were a lot better. I didn't hear from anyone. I heard people were upset, but talent was hitting me up from the company saying, 'You're 100% correct, you spoke up, you're correct and that was cool to take that risk.'"

Janela continued, explaining why he took the interview with Denise at the time.

"Denise wanted an interview and I said, 'Let's just do it. I've had it, I'm stressed out, frustrated.' It created a lot of good out of it and there is no...I haven't talk to Tony since. That's something that kind of irked me because we were so cool and after the AEW shows, when AEW first started, I would go out with him because he knew I would stay up until 7 in the morning with him drinking shots of tequila. I assume he's still irked by it, but there is no hard feelings on either side," he said. "There are no bridges burned between me and AEW. I'm friends with all the talent there. I'm in contact with all the talent. Tony has a hard job. He wears a lot of hats. He's not booking a traditional wrestling show, he has a huge roster, he's signed some of the greatest free agents in the world. You have three hours of TV a week. When you're not booking a traditional wrestling show and you want to book a TV show like a mini-pay-per-view every week, a lot of talent is not going to get time every week. They either have to sit and wait for something, sit out of the rotation, and go to work and be happy or they can try to pitch something, the creative route, or they can wait for stuff to come. Some of the guys there, they feel like they should be given more, which I believe a lot of guys are, but it's hard to book a wrestling show when you're booking it like a pay-per-view.

"Tony tries to make everyone happy. That work environment is fantastic. It's a fantastic work environment. Of course, all professional wrestling, especially on a mainstream level, there is going to be huge amount of politics. When you have 25-minute matches every week on the show, it's hard to fit everyone in. You're not going to make everyone happy, he tries to make everyone happy."

Janela then commented on Cody Rhodes leaving AEW for WWE, and how he's being treated by WWE, and the MJF situation, which he didn't offer much comment on as he wasn't 100% sure of the situation and whether or not MJF is working.

Fightful Select has plenty regarding MJF's current standing with AEW.

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