Jonathan Gresham has painted a dark picture of his booking process in AEW, clarifying that he didn’t have much, if any, say in his character trajectory.
‘The Octopus’ was the main talking point coming out of ROH Death Before Dishonor over the weekend, dropping the ROH World Championship to Claudio Castagnoli during what was a reportedly tumultuous day for him.
Speaking with Wrestle Purists, Jonathan Gresham claimed that he isn’t sure what Tony Khan, who allegedly had a heated discussion with the now-former World Champion, even thinks of him, despite being one of the hottest acquisitions made by AEW this year:
“To be honest, I’ve not really talked to him. I don’t know what he thinks about me. I’ve had like, very short conversations with him. Like when I say short, I mean short…I would hope that he values me. I don’t know, though. So we’ll find out in the coming weeks, months I guess.”
Jonathan Gresham expanded, explaining the process of his heel turn on AEW Rampage that saw him join Tully Blanchard Enterprises. Gresham reportedly arrived at AEW television that day without any say in the direction of his character. However, he was willing to make it work:
“I arrived on TV one day and then I was told that’s what I was doing. I was like, ‘Okay.’ I don’t know if it was super thought through, I don’t know anything. All I know is, that’s what I was told. I was like, ‘Alright, let’s make it work’.”
The former ROH Pure Champion dropped the company’s World Championship to Claudio Castagnoli in a relatively short encounter as the opening contest to Death Before Dishonor. Claudio pinned Gresham with a Ricola Bomb to lift his third World Championship after reigns in PWG and wXw.
Jonathan Gresham is now deemed a free agent after requesting his release from AEW/ROH. It’s also been stated by Fightful Select that he’ll be taking a break from professional wrestling for the time being; this was why he entered without his trademark entrance gear on Saturday, wanting to “see everything clearly”.