Frankie Kazarian believes that he made the right decision by departing AEW and returning to his old home of IMPACT Wrestling.
Kazarian was one of the AEW originals, being signed to the promotion in the early stages of 2019. Taking part in the tournament to crown the first-ever Tag Team Champions, Kazarian would win the tournament with partner Scorpio Sky.
The former Tag Team Champion departed ways with AEW at the start of 2023, with sources saying that there is no bad blood between either party following the exit. Kazarian would make his return to IMPACT at the Hard To Kill pay-per-view, announcing that he had returned to the promotion full-time.
Speaking with Wrestling News.co, Kazarian revealed why he made the decision to leave AEW and that he has no regrets:
“I left where I was and I chose to come here, this was where I wanted to be and it’s been wonderful. This company is on a roll, this locker room is the best I’ve been in ever in terms of not only talent, but just good hard working people. Good people behind the scenes. It’s been hands down the best decision I could have made. I’ve been saying a lot this year that my motto is bet on yourself, bet on yourself and you’ll never lose and that’s what I decided to do and so far it’s been a win for me.”
Frankie Kazarian’s IMPACT Career Before And During AEW
With only a brief departure from the company to join WWE for 6 months, Kazarian was a part of TNA for over a decade. First signing with the promotion in 2003, Kaz helped to establish the X-Divison of TNA and was a part of the first-ever Ultimate X match. The 5-time X-Division Champion made multiple appearances for IMPACT while still signed to AEW as part of the talent crossover appearances between the brands in 2021 and 2022.
Kaz’s final reign with the X-Division Championship saw him envoke Option C, where the X-Division Champion could relinquish their title for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Kazarian would challenge Josh Alexander for the title at the Over Drive pay-per-view but lost the match to Alexander and would not be seen until the aforementioned return at Hard To Kill.
Kazarian will compete at IMPACT 1000, teaming with Traci Brooks to face Eddie Edwards and Alisha Edwards.
H/t to Fightful.