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.
Speaking on WrestlingInc.com, he reflected on critics calling him unsafe and untrained: “I went to many schools and I have a bigger seminar and camp list than any wrestler on the independents, maybe any wrestler ever.
I’ve done more with the who’s who of wrestling and I’m perfectly trained and capable of protecting somebody and my track record speaks for itself. So f*ck you Jim Cornette… Hopefully one day, Jim, I can join the other wrestlers in the h*t tub while you sit down with…I’m not gonna even go there.
Banana Boy! Banana B*tch Boy! You’ve got me riled up. The OVW jacuzzi days, I know about that Jim. The OVW jacuzzi days with the banana boy”.