In an interview with Denise Salcedo of Instinct Culture, IMPACT Wrestling superstar Chris Bey discussed a variety of topics, including how he did not hold talks with All Elite Wrestling and how long he has been signed to IMPACT Wrestling.

“I was just messing around when I did the thing with Cody, I tweeted him out the old picture I took with him the Summer before and then he responds to it and it’s like, okay, this is wild. I would also be lying if I said that wasn’t the plan, anything that I put out there into the universe, that’s the plan. When I put the picture up with him, I expected him to see it, I didn’t expect a response and I didn’t expect the things that came after that, I didn’t expect for him later that night to follow me on Twitter and then, every now and then, to go back and forth with me on Twitter, but while all that was happening to the public eye, they were all seeing me talk with Cody, I never talked with anybody at AEW.

While all that was happening on Twitter, me and IMPACT were having the conversations, they were talking about how they were going to bring me on. I remember that morning, I’d sign that deal with IMPACT, if I am being honest, I had signed it two months before this, so two months before the announcement, I was already signed, so the whole time while they had the sign Chris Bey hashtag and stuff, I was already signed, I was just riding the wave. I remember waking up and seeing people tweet that Cody was talking about me, I remember checking my phone and I had see a lot of posts about it because it had happened maybe thirty minutes before I woke up.

Shortly after I see it, I find the clip and I listen to it and I remember thinking, maybe if this conversation would have happened and then Cody DM’d me and asked me to text him, so I shot him a text message and he asked me if I had signed anywhere and I told him that I did and he just congratulated me and told me that we’d see each other down the line. Right after that and maybe a couple of hours later the news dropped, so the internet took it and spun their narrative on it about me signing with IMPACT right under AEW’s nose and all sort of stuff, but the reality was, IMPACT talked to me first, they gave me all the opportunities throughout the last year and a half and I have to bring my story full circle.”

The interview is available in full at this link.