AEW star Lee Moriarty has explained the reasons for his recent TV absence.
Moriarty made his AEW debut during an episode of Dark in August 2021 and signed with the promotion shortly after.
After facing his former mentor Matt Sydal during AEW Rampage on July 29, Stokely Hathaway handed Lee Moriarty a business card.
After the segment, Moriarty was not seen on Rampage for over a month, returning during All Out as a member of The Firm, before making his in-ring comeback as an entrant in the Battle Royale at Rampage: Grand Slam.
During his recent appearance on ‘Talk is Jericho,’ Moriarty explained the reason for the absence.
“No, it was just taking time off because we didn’t know the direction it was going to go in at the time.
“Then when I took the card from Stokely, the idea was to disappear for a while so no one knew it was coming.
“So when I returned at All Out, no one expected it, no one could prepare for it.”
Moriarty revealed that he knew his match with Sydal would be his last for a while.
“So, before my match with Sydal, which was my last one, Stokely told me, ‘Hey, you might be gone for a couple of weeks, but don’t take it personally like you did anything wrong.’
“I didn’t know how long it was going to be. I didn’t know we were coming back at All Out or anything until maybe the week of.”
During his absence, Moriarty built suspense around his return by staying away from social media and the independent circuit.
After several weeks of waiting, Lee Moriarty received a text instructing him to come to All Out with dyed hair, black pants, gloves and a mask.
Moriarty, The Gunns, W. Morrissey and Ethan Page appeared at the September 4 pay-per-view, debuting as The Firm with Stokely Hathaway.
Together, they helped a masked MJF win the Casino Ladder Match, which ultimately resulted in him securing the AEW World Championship at Full Gear.
Lee Moriarty’s most recent match was against Hook for the FTW World Heavyweight Title during Rampage’s Go Home show on November 18.
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