Sonny Kiss has discussed the secret ingredient that is helping take his career to the next level – ‘The Bad Boy’ Joey Janela.
Janela and Kiss began teaming together in March 2020. Their first match as a duo saw them defeat Corey Hollis and Mike Reed on AEW Dark. Since then the pair have been seen in vignettes on AEW television that tell the story of the somewhat odd-couple.
In an appearance on Pro Wrestling Junkies Q And A, Sonny Kiss detailed the impact Joey Janela has had on the New Jersey native’s career.
“Joey is super instrumental in my career. He inspires me to go out like a boss because sometimes I can be a little complacent. He always takes me to that next edge. The great part about Joey and I being a team is that we balance each other out. I have this super dorky, cutesy personality and he’s like a rough around the edges kind of guy. We balance each other out and that’s the beauty of us being a tag team. He takes me to that next level and teaming with him has definitely stepped up my career.”
Sonny Kiss then explained why he thinks the relationship with Janela is important outside the wrestling ring as well:
“The dynamic Joey and I have, it’s something people can relate to and that’s why I love it so much. He’s a cisgender heterosexual male and then you have this gender-fluid person. It’s this awesome dynamic because sometimes people don’t know how to interact because they think the interaction has to be something else. You can just interact how you would normally interact with another human. A lot of people have LGBTQ [friends and family] and they wonder how to interact with them. Just be the same you are with anyone else. That’s what Joey and I are doing, we’re normalising that friendship and that’s amazing.”
Sonny Kiss recently explained why the match with Cody Rhodes for the TNT Championship in July 2020 was important for the LGBTQ+ community.