Former WWE name Paul London has revealed that he was ‘shut down immediately’ when reaching out about a potential AEW role.
The wrestling veteran has worked with a variety of promotions during his in-ring career, most notably WWE, ROH, PWG and Lucha Underground.
Speaking on the Café De René podcast, London stated that he was in contact with AEW about a backstage role, either coaching or producing.
Recalling AEW’s response, London said:
“What a lot of people don’t know is that last year, there had been like some very loose discussions between myself and that company (AEW), not Ring of Honor and it was more so like, ‘Hey, I would like to help if there’s a way for me to help from a coaching standpoint or a producing standpoint. You know, I feel I have a lot offer’ and you know, without outright saying, ‘Hey, this doesn’t make any sense’ and, ‘Hey look, this is really bad’ and, ‘Hey look, this is pretty unwatchable,’ there was more so, ‘How can I help you guys kind of sharpen some of these things up a bit?’ Because I had done that at Lucha Underground and I really excelled at it, I really enjoyed it, you know? I was part of that writing team, even though I wasn’t officially a writer there.
“I was part of the creative discussions and things of that nature and really enjoyed it and really excelled and it was probably the most fun I ever had in wrestling was my time in Lucha Underground. So I was hoping, hey, you know, maybe there’s a need for something like that and was shut down like immediately. Like, ‘No, no, no. We’ve got enough coaches, got enough agents.’ It’s like, really? I don’t think they’re doing their job (laughs).
“I don’t think they’re doing anything. Really? Okay, that’s surprising… it’s one thing to offer me a ‘look’ on their YouTube show which I can’t say was very flattering and then for Brian (Kendrick) to be released one day and then get put immediately on TV and then that whole thing blew up in their face, you know, because they didn’t vet somebody properly, was like, ah, well, you know, ah, good luck (laughs). Good luck.
Well, sounds like he took the rejection well.
London’s former tag partner Brian Kendrick had his debut appearance on AEW Dynamite pulled ahead of the show in February, after an old clip resurfaced of Kendrick discussing conspiracy theories related to the Holocaust. Kendrick recently apologised for his past comments and addressed the nixed AEW appearance.
Transcription via POST Wrestling.
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