In January 2019, it was revealed that Joey Janela would be one of the first signees to All Elite Wrestling, a new wrestling promotion started by wrestlers Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks. His deal will allow him to still work independent wrestling dates.
It was later revealed that Janela had signed a three-year deal with the company that ends in May 2022. He debuted for the company at their inaugural pay-per-view event Double or Nothing on May 25, where he competed in the pre-show Casino a Battle Royale, but did not win.
At Fyter Fest in June, Janela lost to Jon Moxley in a unsanctioned match. The following month at Fight for the Fallen, Janela teamed with Darby Allin and Jimmy Havoc in a losing effort to Shawn Spears, MJF and Sammy Guevara.
After the match, the three men would blame each other for the loss and brawl backstage. Subsequently, a three-way match was arranged for All Out on August 31, which Havoc won. On the October 16 episode of AEW Dynamite, Janela picked up his first win in AEW, with a victory over Brandon Cutler.
In a long interview with WrestlingInc.com, Janela talked about AEW PPVs: “All the PPVs are like WrestleMania. All of the AEW PPVs blow WrestleMania away from the last couple of years. WrestleMania is still a spectacle but it just doesn’t feel special anymore”.