Joey Janela on WCW Nitro, Tony Khan and the AEW payroll

“You have that choice in AEW to go wrestle on the Indies"

by Sead Dedovic
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Joey Janela on WCW Nitro, Tony Khan and the AEW payroll

Joey Janela was a guest on the Keepin' It 100 podcast. Janela talked about WCW Nitro and his matches. “Some people are just happy to be there and part of something. My thought on it was always, Tony Khan, he’s trying every week to do a little mini-pay-per-view.

Back in the day with Nitro, they had it right. You’d have great matches in under six minutes. He has two hours to pull off a TV show and he has a lot of people, a lot of pieces to that puzzle and a lot of guys that he has to try to satisfy and he’s booking 30-minute matches every week”.

- he said, as quoted by pwmania.com

Tony Khan

Tony Khan is used to criticism, and this time Joey Janela gave him one. “You do a 30 minute match and a 20 minute talk segment, what else is left? Other people have to go to Dark and they’re wrestling twice a month in Universal Studios in front of a lukewarm crowd and they have some Florida jabroni for three minutes.

That’s why wrestlers are regressing in ability because they don’t care, they’re getting paid, they don’t want to go hustle. A lot of guys don’t want to go back to the Indies”. Janela talked about paying in AEW.

“You have that choice in AEW to go wrestle on the Indies. All those guys are getting paid six figures. Bottom card to top of the card. Top of the card, seven figures. The whole company is getting paid six figures. Unless the pay scale has changed.

Of course, there was some kind of tiered deal where you’re paid by appearance when they’re just kind of feeling someone or testing them out. Some people, they don’t want to go back on the Indies. You make more on the Indies”.

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