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Shawn Spears Explains Why He Chose To Join AEW

May 22, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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We reported yesterday that Shawn Spears (the former Tye Dillinger) was added to AEW Double or Nothing as part of the Casino Battle Royal on the Buy-In pre-show. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Spears said his non-compete clause from WWE expires less than 48 hours before Double or Nothing and revealed why he joined AEW. Here are highlights:

On joining AEW: “I’m coming to AEW because I believe in what they are doing. I believe in providing an alternative for fans, and I really believe that the audience has wanted an alternative for quite some time. This is now the platform to give people exactly what they want, and I am really looking forward to proving myself in AEW.”

On taking control of his career: “My career has had its ups and downs, but I took the reins in the past few months. Now I plan on taking a very specific, driven direction. And what better time than this Saturday at Double or Nothing to prove that to the world?”

On how he can help the company: “I’m able to bring a great deal of experience to a company that is looking to build young talent, which is vital to the future of professional wrestling. I’ve known Cody [Rhodes] for a very long time, and in terms of this endeavor, there are no better four guys than Cody, the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega that I would trust to put this together. AEW is history-making. When the chance presented itself to be a part of something so groundbreaking, I wasn’t going to wait around any longer.”

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