Ex-AEW Star Criticises “Stale” AEW Dark

AEW Dark

Saying it’s not what it’s supposed to be, a former AEW star has thrown shots at the company about a particular show that they produce every week.

The star criticized AEW Dark for going from a developmental show with storylines involved on the programming, even being involved in Dynamite broadcasts at one time, to going to a show with just jobber matches who aren’t even signed to the company.

Joey Janela Isn’t Keen On AEW Dark

When the COVID-19 pandemic happened back in 2020, that’s when AEW owner Tony Khan would make a change to its AEW Dark show, booking independent wrestlers when they were getting no work due to the virus.

Recently on Twitter, Joey Janela talked about his disappointment with the current state of AEW, responding to a twee that showcased Rey Fenix and AR Fox.

“This is what dark should be, all around competitive action packed sprints, and maybe a one longer type storyline based match weekly. What that show does is nothing for anyone anymore, tbh it’s stale ass! Squash matches do nothing for anyone in 2022, especially on a YouTube show.”

Janela continued:

No one wants to watch fucking squash matches on YouTube in 2022, I understand if you’re introducing a new wrestler on tv then I’m all for squash matches. This is the reason for talent degression doing nothing but pointless bullshit for the sake of it.

I always made it a point to make my matches with local talents 60/40 or even 50/50, because I’m a fan myself and I know that I would never waste my time watching something presented like that & was constantly watching me get shittier in ring. That’s my Wednesday morning rant!

After 200 episodes, AEW Dark’s audience is still growing on YouTube. Janela’s AEW contract would expire earlier this year after originally signing with the company in 2019.