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Brian Pillman Jr. On His AEW Debut Being Leaked Online, Working With AEW While Under MLW Contract

July 13, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Brian Pillman Jr.

Speaking with WrestleTalk, Brian Pillman Jr. discussed his appearances on AEW Dark and how his planned debut was leaked online. A picture of Pillman at AEW made its way online earlier this month, and he ended up making his debut on AEW Dark against Shawn Spears. MLW’s Jared St. Laurent issued a statement later saying that Pillman is still under contract to the company and is able to take other bookings via his contract.

Pillman discussed how that all came about and his debut being revealed in advance in the interview. Highlights and the full video are below:

On his AEW Dark debut being revealed via a photo of him at the show: “Yeah, definitely a little sneak peek that was a completely unintentional leaked photo. It’s a fun little story behind that. But no, I just was — there was some friends and family of another wrestler and they were excited. And they were just kind of posting some photos about their experience on their Instagram, which has 40, 50 followers. So they probably didn’t think anybody would see it or even notice it. But it just so happened that it got a little bit of traction. And one little leak like that can turn into an explosion of interest and speculation.”

On working with AEW while part of MLW’s roster: “Major League Wrestling was a wonderful, wonderful opportunity. It provided me with TV experience with the styles of matches that I was having, and the opponents were incredible. I had some of my best matches there, without a doubt. Amazing opportunities. But what happened with the COVD-19 pandemic, most of wrestling had been cancelled. A lot of shows had been cancelled. And my last show was with MLW. And I really wanted to continue my career with MLW, because things were getting really hot, you know? We were getting pushed. And as you all know, in wrestling, when things have a good momentum behind it, it’s really not about the money and stuff. It’s really about getting to express your art at the highest level and to work with the highest level guys. And that’s what I was doing. So I was very happy there.

“I think that just what happened with the COVID-19 pandemic is they got a little bit apprehensive about running shows. And, meanwhile, you got Impact, and you got AEW, and you have WWE that are running shows with no fans. So it was just hard for me to sit still and to wait for them to bring me an opportunity. So I just went out and chased the opportunities that were available to me. And per my contract, I was allowed to work for AEW. So it was kind of a no-brainer to start to chase an opportunity at AEW. I’m not sure what their future plans are or when their next show is. And I think not having that information, not having that security, and knowing when I was going back to work made it easier to look somewhere else for work.”

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit WrestleTalk with a h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.

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AEW, Brian Pillman Jr., MLW, Jeremy Thomas