An AEW star has addressed current frustrations with his booking.
At AEW Double Or Nothing 2021, Cody Rhodes defeated Anthony Ogogo in the latter’s first major singles bout in All Elite Wrestling.
Since then, the Olympic boxer still hasn’t competed in another pay-per-view bout.
In September, Ogogo tweeted his displeasure over seeing independent wrestler Luigi Primo on TV.
Speaking with Cultaholic’s Desert Island Graps, Anthony Ogogo addressed the tweet and his frustration.
“I got frustrated recently because the pizza guy was on TV. I did a little tweet, half joking, half being serious, just being like, ‘this pizza guy, who is not Shawn Michaels in the ring, has had more time on AEW TV this year than I have.’
“It pissed me off because it’s supposed to be a sports-based product. I understand what they’re doing, I get it. I just want to wrestle. I want to get good and have time.”
Ogogo continued on to state that he didn’t want Primo’s spot, but wants the opportunity to have time on television, saying:
“He got kicked in the face in three seconds, I don’t want that spot [laughs]. I just want to be on TV and show people how hard I’m working and how good I can be.
“I’ll be patient, which I am being, but I’m also going to work hard in the interim and that’s what I’m doing. Hopefully, I’ll get my shot soon enough.”
When asked if he has been given a reason for his lack of TV time, Ogogo answered:
“I think there are a lot of cards in the pack, a lot of big cards as well. Last year, after I had the feud with Cody, I had to leave because I had some visa stuff going on.”
“Long story short, my passport got nicked and in typical American fashion, it’s really difficult to get an ID. My passport got nicked, therefore my visa was stolen.”
“I had to get a new visa, only way I could get a new visa was to leave America and once you leave, you can’t come back without a visa.”
“I had to get an appointment. I gave myself so many gray hairs. This is the height of COVID, every embassy is shut down, there is a year-long backup.”
Ogogo was off television from June 2021 to December 2021 taking care of his passport and visa issues.
Upon his return, the entire landscape of AEW had completely changed.
The AEW star continued on to discuss his time away and the company he returned to, saying:
“They had written me off TV for nine months because I wasn’t supposed to be away for nine months. When I came back, everything had changed.
“They signed Bryan Danielson, the best wrestler who has probably ever lived, they signed (CM) Punk and this, that and the other person. The whole landscape changed.”
Ogogo concluded on to bring up Cody Rhodes’ departure and the opportunity to have a rematch with him being off the table hurt him a bit as well.
“Cody left, me coming back and doing something with him, that was gone because he’s not there. Everything just changed and with me, I think I’m such a unique talent that it’s hard to know what to do with me.
“All I’ve done is work as hard as possible to get as good as possible. Once I get subbed in, I score a hat trick and then I start the next week,”
Anthony Ogogo has wrestled a match for All Elite Wrestling since the September 20 edition of AEW Dark.
Fellow Factory member Lee Johnson will challenge Orange Cassidy for the AEW All Atlantic Championship on the November 11 episode of Rampage.
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