Newly-signed All Elite Wrestling star Jay Lethal took part in a post-AEW Full Gear media scrum and discussed his appearance on the pay-per-view as well as his future with Ring Of Honor Wrestling and their recent announcement that they will be taking a temporary hiatus following next month’s ROH Final Battle pay-per-view.
“I am a professional wrestler and this is the fastest-rising, hottest promotion in the freaking world, it was no contest, it was an easy decision for any professional wrestler in my opinion. This place is amazing, AEW is on fire and I’m so happy to be here and I’m more excited that they are willing to have me here, that’s even more exciting in my head. Unfortunately, doors are closing soon there with Ring of Honor. I’ve met a lot of friends there, I’ve wrestled there for over 10 years, I’m a very loyal professional wrestler and if you’re good to me, I’ll stay there until the doors close. The doors are closing and an opportunity presented itself and I was welcomed in with open arms, so to answer your question, my heart goes out to a lot of these guys who no longer have jobs, it’s sad, but it’s also a great time to be a professional wrestler, because the wrestling world right now is freaking booming.
Signing with AEW all happened so quickly, only a few days ago. My head was spinning because today was the first time me and Tony Khan met and talked face-to-face. Imagine being, for lack of a better term, jobless, and wondering how you’re going to pay your bills and such, you’re a professional wrestler so there’s not a ton of jobs, you can’t just fill out an application anywhere. I got a quick message from some of Tony’s associates, which was like a beacon of light, but literally, that was only a few days ago and then, I flew in yesterday and had to sit in my hotel room and I couldn’t get any sleep because all I could think about was, well I don’t really know what’s happening tomorrow because we haven’t met yet, it was wild, all these thoughts going through my mind like will the people like me. The company’s on fire right now, I hope I make a good impression, just a wild rush of emotions in my head.
This feels like home immediately. Other than meeting Tony today for the first time, I walked into the building and instantly saw people that I have met throughout my 20 years of professional wrestling, some I was very close with, some I just met a few times in passing, some men and women I hadn’t seen in over 15 years and it was as if we had never skipped a beat, so right away, my first 30 seconds here, I was like this is home. Like I mentioned before, I’m a very loyal professional wrestler, so I plan on being here until the doors close, I plan on this being my home forever.”