Shawn Spears Speaks About AEW Exit

Shawn Spears Talks About Why He Exited AEW On Friendly Terms and Joined the WWE

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Shawn Spears Speaks About AEW Exit
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Shawn Spears is a former AEW wrestler and he currently works for the WWE. Shawn is a veteran and he started wrestling professionally about 20 years ago. However, Shawn kept his return to the WWE a secret and people did not know that he will return at all.

Shawn Spears Talks About Why He Exited AEW On Friendly Terms and Joined the WWE

Shawn entered the ‘free agent’ status in January 2024. HE made his WWE return by appearing in NXT in February. He spoke to ‘Fightful’ about his return.

He spoke about how important it was for him to leave AEW on friendly terms. Shawn Spears is another example of a wrestler that left AEW for the WWE. AEW was considered by many at one time to be the promotion that no wrestler would ever want to leave.

"It's very important to me," said Spears. "I am somebody who, for whatever anybody wants to say about me throughout the course of the 20-plus [year] career that I've been doing this, one thing that's going to be hard for them to say is that I have been unprofessional.

I'm a very big believer that as a professional wrestler, that word professional is paramount, is key. It's almost more important to me than the second word that comes into play. It was amicable, absolutely." Shawn believes that it was time for him to leave AEW as it was best for him at that time.

He didn’t really have anything wrong to say about AEW. "It was just a time that I felt was best for me, best for my family, and as difficult as some decisions are, sometimes it's nice to know that mutual respect can allow things to go smoothly, much smoothly than they may," said Shawn.

He also mentioned that the AEW schedule has changed a bit since he first joined the company. He also believes that he did not have a solid spot in the company, and that made him fight on the indie circuit and wrestle a few stars that he wanted to wrestle for a very long time.

He then explained why it was important for him to return to the WWE, which is currently the number 1 wrestling promotion in the world. Under the leadership of Triple H, WWE has been doing extremely well and they seem to be beating AEW in everything.

"It was important to me to be able to come back to this company [WWE]. That was the first big question, of whether or not that was a possibility and once the possibility was a definite possibility, then it became about what is the best course of action to take going forward," stated Spears.

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