An AEW star has revealed the issues they had working under a mask and the top name who pushed for its removal.
Preston Vance worked under a mask as 10 in the Dark Order, losing it when he betrayed the group to join RUSH and Jose the Assistant as the newest member of La Faccion Ingobernable.
Speaking on AEW Unrestricted, Vance would reveal that his delayed character change had been a positive, with Chris Jericho being influential in the development of the new persona.
He would also speak about the decision that led to him being unmasked, saying:
“I remember I was somewhere backstage and Andrade (El Idolo) pulled me aside and was like, ‘Hey, I’m gonna go to Tony. I want you with us. I think you’d look cool in a suit, take off the mask’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah. Let’s do it.’
“I was doing the ‘10’ thing for, at that point, like three years so, I was pretty ready to change.”
Vance would also discuss the challenges he faced working under a mask, stating:
” I never liked wearing the mask. I never wore it before AEW.
“It’s hard trying to connect with the people when you’re under a mask.
“There are pros and cons to it. A pro is that you never have to worry about facial expressions or anything but the con is I mean literally, it’s hard to show any enthusiasm.
“It’s all body language, body language and so I’m pretty glad I’m done with the mask.”
Since December 2022, Vance has been a fixture on AEW Rampage, AEW Dark and AEW Dark: Elevation.
He has also made appearances on recent episodes of ROH on HonorClub.
Transcript from Post Wrestling.
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