In the world of professional wrestling, transitions between promotions are not uncommon, but when one of the original members of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) decides to part ways and return to his roots, it certainly raises questions.
Frankie Kazarian, who had a notable run in AEW, recently shed light on his reasons for leaving the company and making the decision to rejoin IMPACT Wrestling, where he first made a name for himself in the 2000s and 2010s.
Kazarian, who achieved various levels of success during his tenure with AEW, including capturing the tag team titles with his partner Scorpio Sky and participating in high-quality matches, shared his insights on the latest episode of the "Talk Is Jericho" podcast.
Importantly, he emphasized that his departure from AEW was not accompanied by any ill will. "I had some great moments in AEW," Kazarian explained, "but over time, I felt that the matches had less and less meaning to them. All I wanted was the opportunity to have meaningful matches...
it was just matches for the sake of matches. I'm realistic; I know I have more years behind me than I do in front of me, and with the time I have in front of me, I want to maximize that and give my best version. I don't feel like I was given the opportunity to display that."
Kazarian's Desire for Consistent Spotlight
Kazarian clarified that his aspiration was never to become a world champion but to secure a consistent spot on the weekly "Dynamite" card that would allow him to showcase his wrestling prowess.
However, after signing a three-year contract extension with AEW, he came to the realization that the opportunities he sought were dwindling. Consequently, he requested his release, leading to his departure from AEW and his official return to IMPACT Wrestling.
The decision by Frankie Kazarian highlights the importance of meaningful in-ring competition for wrestlers and their desire to make the most of their remaining years in the industry. It also showcases the ever-evolving landscape of professional wrestling, where talents have the freedom to explore new opportunities and return to their roots when the time is right.
As Frankie Kazarian embarks on this new chapter of his career in IMPACT Wrestling, fans will undoubtedly be eager to see what exciting matchups and moments await in the future. His decision to prioritize meaningful matches over championship gold serves as a testament to his dedication to the craft and his passion for delivering top-notch performances to wrestling enthusiasts worldwide.