Former AEW star Joey Janela made news over the weekend, when he was on the receiving end of a spot gone wrong.
Janela set his boot on fire to hit a ‘Flaming Superkick’ on his opponent Drew Parker, but the flame didn’t go out and he burned his foot.
The spot has been met with a bunch of criticism, including from WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, who spoke about the incident on his Hall of Fame podcast, where he called it the ‘stupidest’ thing he had ever seen.
“I’m always willing to say in somebody’s face what I’m willing to say on this show. Joey Janela, that was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen in my career, I’m serious because the thing is, he didn’t have a boot where it could actually fend off the flames for a minute. He had a kick pad on and a tennis shoe. He put so much damn lighter fluid on his foot, it probably soaked all the way through to his foot.”
Booker carried on, saying that this is what he teaches his students not to do, as it’s not something that people do ‘in the major leagues’.
“That right there just embodies what I talk to my young students about. If that’s the route you want to go, that’s on you, but plan on working that scene forever, because this is not stuff they do in the major leagues. It’s the light bulbs, you know, just doing something just for the hell of it. I don’t know if that’s something in a video game. It has to be something you know, a fire punch or a fire kick. It has to be something from some video game for someone to even think about trying to do it. It just makes zero sense, and that’s what I try to teach my wrestlers to stay away from. Don’t go that route, because at the end of the day, you’re not going to make a whole lot of money doing it and you could screw something up permanently doing something like that.
“I don’t know if you noticed the thumbtacks in the ring. I don’t know if you saw the spot they did where the barbed wire was on the table and then the swanton off the top of the ladder on to the table with the guy up under the barbed wire. Where are we trying to go? I know there’s a market out there for it, but there were probably 150 people, maybe 200, in that hall where they were doing this and it couldn’t have been that much money in that little hall.”
Janela departed AEW back on May 1, when his contract expired with the company, and an extension was not reached.
transcription via WrestlingNews.co
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