Ex-WWE Star Reveals Real Reason For Signing With AEW

Ex-WWE Star Reveals Real Reason For Signing With AEW AEW

Roderick Strong has revealed the reason why he signed with AEW earlier this year, having left WWE in November 2022.

Strong made his AEW debut on April 26, 2023, with it being reportedly a surprise move as it wasn’t publicly known that he had left WWE.

Speaking on AEW Unrestricted, Strong revealed his reason for wanting to sign with the company, saying:

“I really wanted to be with my buddies and with my wife.

“AEW reminded me so much what I loved about Ring of Honor, the collective ‘everybody wants it to be better.’”

Before signing with WWE in 2016, Strong had a lengthy independent wrestling career that included a run in ROH that started in 2003.

He would depart ROH in June 2016, making his WWE NXT debut in October of that year.

During his time in Ring of Honor, Strong was an ROH World Champion, Tag Team Champion, and Television Champion.

In WWE, he was the NXT North American Champion, NXT Cruiserweight Champion and was a two-time NXT Tag Team Champion with Bobby Fish, Adam Cole, and Kyle O’Reilly.

Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly are currently both also signed with AEW, with O’Reilly being sidelined through injury with a return being a long way off.

Bobby Fish had a ten-month run in AEW and left the company when both parties couldn’t agree on a figure when his contract was being negotiated for renewal.

Fish commented on Strong’s decision to sign with AEW saying he was happy to see his friends working again.

MJF recently poked fun at Strong referring to him as a “generic” Create-a-Wrestler.

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