AEW star Jay Lethal has had quite the journeyman career in professional wrestling over the past two decades.
Debuting as part of Ring of Honor back in 2003 until 2006, when he joined TNA later in the year.
Lethal became popular in TNA as Black Machismo, spending five years in the company until his release in 2011.
Since then, Lethal has wrestled for various independent shows, but became famous for being loyal to Ring of Honor until the company’s closure in 2021.
Lethal spoke on the Kurt Angle Show, where he spoke about how he likes to show loyalty in wrestling, and believes he would still be in IMPACT if he was not fired by the company.
“If I didn’t get fired, part of me believes I’d still be [at IMPACT Wrestling] because my dad and I have always talked about being loyal and wrestling and not just going to the highest bidder.
“If a company is taking good care of you and you like them, and you guys respect each other, and there are no real issues, you can chat about the money later. Your loyalty and your word have got to mean something.
“I would have been in IMPACT Wrestling, I believe, to this day if they didn’t let me go. Ring of Honor, if they didn’t close down, I would still be wrestling for them to this day.”
Earlier this year, AEW president Tony Khan purchased Ring of Honor, with the company becoming a subsidiary of All Elite Wrestling.
Lethal now works for AEW, and he has stated that he will be a part of their roster until the company closes, or he is fired.
“Things happen for a reason. Now, I am in AEW, which is amazing. It’s a godsend.
“Then, they bought Ring of Honor, but I’ll be at AEW until the company closes, they let me go, or they fire me, because, to me, in wrestling, if I’m going to put my body, my life, and my career on the line for you, I’ve got to appreciate and love you.
“There is some bond between us and I’m going to try my hardest to not ever break that bond. So, if you don’t break it, I’m not going to break it, and we’ll bond forever.”
Lethal is set to team with Jeff Jarrett against Darby Allin and Sting at the upcoming AEW Full Gear show.
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