Pro wrestling veteran and former AEW Star Frankie Kazarian spoke with PWInsider on a number of topics such as how he had a really good conversation with AEW management about why he wanted to move on from the company and bet on himself moving forward. Frankie Kazarian also spoke about how he’s always done business the right away and how he has been amicable about it, which is why AEW wanted to do right by him and he was a free agent as of January 1st.
Frankie Kazarian said:
“I still had two years left on my contract, two years to get rolled over. AEW management contacted me in early December, which was only a few weeks after [Josh Alexander] match. They contacted me 30 days out, which is what they’re supposed to do, and had talked about rolling me over and wanted to get the process going. I basically said, ‘thanks but no thanks.’ I voiced concerns and frustrations and goals and aspirations and had a really good talk with management and left it there. I was still going to TVs and the last television I was at was in San Antonio. I sat down with Megha (Parekh), head legal of AEW, and had a long in-person conversation. I basically gave her the list of reasons why I wanted to move on and bet on myself, and now was the time to do it. I’ve always done business the right way and been amicable about it. I wanted to get out before any feelings of resentment or bitterness. That message was relayed and they wanted to do right by me, which I respect the hell out of. As of January 1 this year, I was a free agent.”
Frankie Kazarian then spoke about how he had a great chat with the people from WWE, but he decided to return to IMPACT Wrestling because it was the best fit for him at this stage of his career.
Frankie Kazarian said:
“In the spirit of transparency, I had great talks with the people at WWE. Those talks could not have been better, positive, more professional. I have nothing but great things to say about everybody in that organization, especially the people I spoke to and texted with. Ultimately, this was the best fit for me at this stage of my career and this point in my life. I have a great relationship with Scott D’Amore, I have history there, a lot of my legacy is there. At this stage, I was the best fit for IMPACT and IMPACT was the best fit for me.”
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