A former WWE star has clarified his thoughts on AEW, revealing whether or not they contacted him after he left his former company.
Mike Bennett has been regularly wrestling for ROH since December last year. After his 2020 release, some fans thought he’d eventually debut for AEW instead of returning to his pre-WWE promotion.
According to Bennett, AEW never contacted him after he was released. Speaking on The Shining Wizards Podcast, Bennett explained that wrestling is all about who you know.
Stating that he had no serious conversation with AEW personnel, Bennett noted that ROH star Delirious was one of the first to reach out to him after he was released from WWE.
Here is the full quote:
“You know, they didn’t reach out to me. Wrestling is very like ‘brother, brother.’ You talk to some people, you put out feelers. Everything was always put out there, but nothing was ever like attacked. I think always in my head, with Taven, it was always Ring of Honor.
“I never really wanted to go anywhere else. You obviously, if you’re a businessman, and a smart businessman, you put everything out to everybody because you never want to put all your eggs in one basket.
“But you know, when I got fired, one of the first people to reach out to me was Delirious. He just sent me a winky emoji on Twitter. It was just one of those ‘Hey I got ya,” you know?’ That always meant a lot to me because Delirious took over the book when I first started in ROH.
“We have always had a very good relationship, and it’s always meant a lot to me. So when I got that, it was just kind of like ‘I got you pal.’ It was one of these things where I was going to put out these feelers, but I know where I’m going and I know where I want to go. So it wasn’t really like attacking anything head on.”
Bennett first began wrestling for ROH in 2008. He left the company in 2015 after failing to come to terms on a new contract. He’d go on to join WWE in early 2018 alongside his wife, Maria Kanellis.
ROH have recently celebrated their 500th episode. In the main event, ROH veteran Mark Briscoe defeated his brother, Jay Briscoe.
Quote via Wrestling Inc.