Former WWE Tag Team Champion Paul London has discussed rejecting an unflattering proposition to wrestle for AEW after inquiring about a producer’s role.
Paul London is a twenty-year veteran of the wrestling business who is best known for his time as part of WWE where he captured the WWE Tag Team Championship on three occasions with Brian Kendrick and Billy Kidman.
London recently spoke to fellow former WWE Superstar René Duprée on his Café De René podcast, where he revealed he had discussions with AEW about a role as a producer or coach last year. He adds that he feels he has a lot to offer and says he’s unsure that AEW’s current producers are doing anything:
“What a lot of people don’t know is that last year, there had been like some very loose discussions between myself and that company [AEW], not Ring of Honor and it was more so like, ‘Hey, I would like to help if there’s a way for me to help from a coaching standpoint or a producing standpoint.”
“You know, I feel I have a lot offer’ and you know, without outright saying, ‘Hey, this doesn’t make any sense’ and, ‘Hey look, this is really bad’ and, ‘Hey look, this is pretty unwatchable,’ there was more so, ‘How can I help you guys kind of sharpen some of these things up a bit?’ Because I had done that at Lucha Underground and I really excelled at it, I really enjoyed it, you know?”
“I was part of that writing team, even though I wasn’t officially a writer there. I was part of the creative discussions and things of that nature and really enjoyed it and really excelled and it was probably the most fun I ever had in wrestling was my time in Lucha Underground.”
“So I was hoping, hey, you know, maybe there’s a need for something like that and was shut down like immediately. Like, ‘No, no, no. We’ve got enough coaches, got enough agents.’ It’s like, really? I don’t think they’re doing their job [London laughed]. I don’t think they’re doing anything. Really? Okay, that’s surprising…”
Paul London then explained that AEW had offered him a chance to wrestle on Dark or Elevation which he didn’t believe was very flattering. London then alluded to Brian Kendrick’s abandoned AEW debut which was called off after historical tweets by Kendrick regarding the Holocaust came to light:
“It’s one thing to offer me a ‘look’ on their YouTube show which I can’t say was very flattering and then for Brian [Kendrick] to be released one day and then get put immediately on TV and then that whole thing blew up in their face, you know, because they didn’t vet somebody properly, was like, ah, well, you know, ah, good luck [London laughed]. Good luck.”