Joey Janela, a seasoned professional wrestler with a career spanning 15 years and known to many as 'The Bad Boy,' has expressed his interest in joining World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Janela, a former All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star, has left his mark on numerous independent wrestling promotions, including Evolve, WrestlePro, GCW, Progress, and others, AEW being the most prominent platform he has graced so far.
Having ended his tenure with the Jacksonville-based AEW early last year, Janela's final match was a pre-recorded AEW Dark episode where he squared off against Lee Moriarty of The Firm, which resulted in a loss for him.
Janela Interested in WWE, Prioritizes Immediate Goals
The 33-year-old professional wrestler recently appeared as a guest on the 'Haus of Wrestling' podcast, where he candidly spoke about his aspirations for the future.
One of them, he revealed, was to sign with WWE. While acknowledging that joining the Stamford-based wrestling giant was on his radar, Janela admitted his immediate focus was elsewhere. "I've got my sights set on WWE," Janela said.
"I've had some conversations about it, but it's not happening in the immediate future. I'm still young at 33. I've been saying for the last five years that I see myself joining WWE at 36. I don't know why, specifically that age, but that's the plan.
However, I still have objectives to achieve in Japan. I have goals. I'm having a good time." During the podcast, Janela also divulged his regular exchanges with WWE superstar and former TNT Champion Cody Rhodes. Their most recent discussion revolved around a Twitter feud initiated by Janela, where he humorously compared AEW's Komander's top rope move with The Undertaker's renowned 'Old School.'
"Cody and I keep in touch," Janela explained. "We occasionally message each other. He recently got in touch after I posted a tongue-in-cheek tweet about Komander and Undertaker, which stirred up some controversy online. He had his thoughts about it, and I said, 'I'm just trolling, man.'
" At present, 'The Bad Boy' is actively involved in the independent wrestling circuits in Japan and the USA, continuing to make waves in the professional wrestling landscape.