Joey Janela found a new way to get heat at GCW Maniac when he set his boot on fire to Superkick Drew Parker.
Since his AEW contract expired at the end of April, Joey Janela has been keeping himself busy on the indy scene with matches in WrestlePro, MCW, and most recently GCW.
In the latter promotion’s latest event on May 21st, GCW Maniac, Janela took on Drew Parker in the main event. During the bout, the Bad Boy covered his boot in lighter fluid and set it on fire before landing a flaming Superkick on Parker.
Following the spot, Janela had trouble putting the fire out and several water bottles were thrown in the ring in a desperate attempt to help douse it. You can see the incident below:
— I Gif All The Wrestling (@Aregularindyfan) May 22, 2022
Eventually, he was successful in stopping the flames but was unable to stop Parker who put a door covered in barbed wire on top of Janela and landed a Swanton Bomb from the top of a ladder for the pin.
Fans on social media were divided on the merits of the spot, with some saying things like that made them love Janela, while others criticised the move as a “dumb stunt” and many also questioned why a fire extinguisher was not on standby.
Joey Janela later joked about the incident, claiming his foot was still on fire hours later despite another $36-worth of water.
Trying to go to bed but it still won’t go out…
I already spent $36 at the vending machine on 7 bottles of water…
Tried WebMD too…
Any suggestions? pic.twitter.com/6J0a6jyy72
— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) May 22, 2022
Joey Janela was one of the first members of the AEW roster in 2019. During his early time there, he had acclaimed hardcore matches with Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega, and Darby Allin. His Lights Out match against Omega, which aired on the second episode of Dark, in particular, received widespread praise.
In the last few months of his time in the company, the star was mainly appearing on AEW Dark and made the decision to leave as far back as March.
During an interview with Denise Salcedo, Janela revealed that one of his goals post-AEW is to have a steady run in Japan, a country he hasn’t wrestled in since August 2019.
“One of my goals is to have a run in Japan, which is something I’ve wanted since I was a child. I’ve done shows in Japan, but I’ve never had a steady run there. That will be in the works very soon.”
In the meantime, he is working primarily for GCW, where he’s promoted Joey Janela’s Spring Break – typically a WrestleMania weekend event, bar one or two instalments – since 2017.
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.