Ex-AEW Star Says They Were “Not Being Valued” By The Company

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Former AEW Tag Team Champion Frankie Kazarian has opened up about his time in the company and felt he was not being valued for his contributions.

Frankie Kazarian was one of the original members of the AEW roster when the company was formed in early 2019 as he joined up with his SCU partners Christopher Daniels and Scorpio Sky. Kazarian and Sky became the first AEW Tag Team Champions when they defeated the Lucha Bros in a tournament final for the gold in October 2019.

While Sky would also go on to hold the TNT Title and Daniels is the company’s Head of Talent Relations, the tag title win proved to be the high point of Kazarian’s time in AEW and his presence diminished as time went on.

Speaking on a recent Q&A courtesy of AdFreeShows, Kazarian discussed his decision to re-join IMPACT Wrestling and says he didn’t want to sit on the sidelines in AEW:

“I wanted to give that time to somebody that would value it. I felt at the time in AEW, my time, my contributions, and my talent was not being valued and that’s okay because I had the opportunity to take my time and give it to somebody else and that’s exactly what I did.

“I’m not a guy that’s wired to sit on the bench, you know? I’m a guy that should be in the starting lineup. It’s not being egotistical to say that because it’s true and I proved that.”

Kazarian’s last match on television for AEW came at Double Or Nothing 2022 when he formed an eclectic team with Sammy Guevara and Tay Melo in a loss to the Men of The Year – including his old partner Scorpio Sky – and Paige VanZant.

h/t Wrestling Inc.