Tony Nese has recalled his AEW TV debut, recalling the events which led to him making his first AEW appearance.
Following his June 2021 WWE departure, Nese made his Dynamite debut later that year, with cameras cutting to him sitting in the crowd during the October 23 episode, and the commentary team hyping him up as a top free agent.
Speaking on AEW Unrestricted, Nese revealed that he was only originally at the taping to meet with AEW President Tony Khan.
Explaining how his TV appearance came to be, Nese said:
“That was a crazy day. I was showing up to meet Tony (Khan), to say hi, we were locals in Orlando. I was there to meet everyone, see if I could talk to Tony and stuff.
“I was standing outside of his office, just talking to a bunch of people, Adam Cole and a couple of others. He walks out, ‘Hey Tony, how are you doing? I’m a big fan. Literally, five minutes later, he’s like, do you want to sit out in the crowd?’
“I took a step back and was, ‘You want me to be a fan? What’s going on? You want me to fill seats?’ I was super confused. ‘No, we’re going to put you out there, we’re going to make a big deal out of it, what’s Tony Nese doing here?’
“Okay, great, I thought I was just here to hang out and talk to everyone. Minutes after that, they pulled me aside and talked to me, we talked out a deal and it literally was like 30 minutes before.
“‘We’re going to put you out there and you’re going to sit out there the whole show.’ I sat out there. Luckily, nothing bad came out of this, but Lance Archer had an accident and for some reason, the truck’s first intention was to shoot Tony Nese.
“I see the red light and camera and go, ‘Oh no.’ I had so many options, I could make a face, maybe that’s a meme and everyone laughs, but in my head, I don’t know the severity of the situation, so the last thing I want to do is make something about me and all of a sudden we find out that someone is badly injured.
“Literally, I was like, ‘I have no idea what to do.’ I’m staring off in the distance, ‘Someone, please make that red light go away.”
Nese last wrestled during the November 18 AEW Dark taping, teaming with Josh Woods.
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