AEW Star Says Their “Time Is Coming To An End”
Shawn Spears recently made his return to AEW after six months away but says despite his big comeback his time in the company is nearing its end.
Spears returned to AEW recently after six months away during which his son was born. The Canadian star had been a mainstay in AEW, competing on the company’s first pay-per-view in 2019, and is now involved in a storyline with Bullet Club Gold’s Jay White and Juice Robinson.
Speaking to WrestleZone, Shawn Spears noted that he thinks his role in AEW is unlikely to change so he’s more interested in putting on “banger matches”:
“Whether or not I’m going to be highlighted coming back, I don’t think that’s going to be a thing. I think my role in AEW is pretty set. I, for lack of a better [phrase], I don’t care anymore. I want to go out and have banger matches, I wanna wrestle Jay White, I wanna wrestle FTR, I wanna wrestle Wardlow, I wanna wrestle Max, I wanna wrestle these guys because I’m winding down. My time is coming to an end. I wanna have banger matches before I’m done, get it out of my system and ride off into the sunset.”
Spears explained his new outlook on the business and cautioned those making their way in the business to pick their battles with management although at this point in his career, he says he’s doing his best to make sure his voice is heard:
“It’s wild how your outlook [can change]. Your priorities are pretty set in stone, my job until my son came around was to provide for my wife, take care of my wife and my household. Now he’s there, he’s just an added addition to all of that. My outlook towards work, has changed pretty drastically.
“My drive hasn’t, I’m a pretty goal-oriented person, but I’m also level-headed and logical. I control what I can control and you’ve heard that a million times. You can only control so much in pro wrestling. The rest is left up to the higher-ups and that is true. The problem that I feel talent runs into is when they try to change that or they consistently fight back against something that could very well be a losing battle.
“For that individual, that can cause a lot of mental anguish, it can cause a lot of stress, and you can really lose your enjoyment of what this all is and let’s not make any mistake, professional wrestling is very fun. It can be really, really fun. I get to put on tights and go out there and roll around with my buddies. It’s a fun gig, but it is a business and there is a business aspect to it that if you’re not prepared for, or that you constantly want to fight against, it’s gonna kinda make things unenjoyable for you as an individual.
“So coming back, I am going to be a little more selfish in regards to what I can control. So, a few things you will see on TV, whether it be Dynamite or Rampage, going forward have come from me. Whether it’s a win, lose, or draw, it was probably my idea or it was whatever. Because believe it or not, I’ve been doing this for 21 years and I’ve been getting paid at a very high level for over 14 years.
“I know what I’m doing. I’m not afraid to put that foot forward anymore. I’m not afraid to put my voice out there. I’m not afraid to send a bunch of text messages. Whether they’re answered or not is a different story, but I don’t care. I just want to enjoy the remaining time that I have and control what I can control.”