A former AEW star has reflected on time with the company.
From 2020 to 2022, Alan Angels worked for All Elite Wrestling as a member of the Dark Order.
Following the expiration of his AEW deal, Angels returned to the independent scene and later landed in IMPACT Wrestling where he is a member of The Design stable.
Appearing on Busted Open Radio, Angels reflected on his time with All Elite Wrestling and compared it to the environment in IMPACT Wrestling. He said:
“I think with AEW and ‘walking on eggshells’ is kind of a, I don’t know. It sounds worse than it is I think. I think it’s just a competitive industry in general, you know what I mean?”
“So, I just think when you’re at AEW, you kind of walk around, you don’t wanna upset anybody, you don’t wanna piss off the wrong person or anything like that.”
“So while I’m at IMPACT, I don’t feel like I have to worry about that as much. Not that I don’t wanna piss off the wrong guy. Obviously, I don’t but, there’s not just that worry in the back of your mind all the time.”
When asked what led to the drop off of Dark Order in his eyes, Angels answered:
“Um, I would like to not call it a ‘drop off’ (direction of Dark Order in AEW) because all those guys are extremely talented and it really kind of hurt when Brodie Lee did pass, because we as a group were building so much momentum and we were in the main event scene with Brodie as our leader.”
“He was challenging for the belt and were doing some really cool stuff, and then unfortunately once he died, we were — not only did we not have our main event guy anymore, we were almost forced to turn babyface.”
“So I think that kind of hurt just because I think the company at the time needed some more heels. So, we had all these babyfaces and now we’re just one of many babyfaces if that makes sense, and then with all of the B.T.E. skits that we did and stuff, we’re also doing a lot of comedy which is great and I love doing it and all those B.T.E. skits were awesome.”
“But we just kind of had our place I think on the card. So that’s definitely part of it but again, all those guys in that group are ultra talented and every time they’re on TV, I’m watching and I’m very glad they get to do what they’re doing.”
Alan Angels will compete in the number one contenders Ultimate X Match at IMPACT Wrestling Slammiversary on July 15.
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