In an exclusive interview with WrestleTalk, AEW star Shawn Spears explained his bizarre outing at AEW Double Or Nothing 2020.
Spears lost to Dustin Rhodes after having his suit stripped off to expose underwear with Tully Blanchard’s face on his crotch, which left some people a little bit confused as to what on earth the point of that was.
Spears explained this was a plan to rejuvenate the partnership between him and his manager as it gave Blanchard a reason to berate him, saying:
“During that time when the pandemic hit Tully couldn’t travel, he couldn’t get anywhere. I’ll pull the curtain back for you guys a bit, we had talks, we were kind of just stagnant, we weren’t doing much. We weren’t on TV a lot of the time as he couldn’t travel, so we said, ‘Okay, why don’t we do something where I go out in the crowd and I start being a little more goofy? I start being a little more comedic and over the top. I start losing focus in terms of, you know, barrelling in on a championship of some sort, to the point where I get horribly embarrassed, to the point where it horribly embarrasses you, T’.
“Then when he can come back, he cuts this scathing promo on me. He basically breaks me down to a shell of myself of which you all saw. That’s was the first time everybody went, ‘Oh my god, there’s the Tully Blanchard that we’ve watched’. All those pieces all come into play, and that’s when he gifted me the glove… It’s all part of a plan. Everybody looks back on that day and that instance with Tully’s face and they go, ‘Oh this is so dumb, this is so ridiculous’, but it was part of the plan. This is entertainment. This is long-term storytelling. If I didn’t do that, Tully couldn’t have come back and snapped on me and cut that promo.”
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