Crowbar looks back on his short stint with AEW.
The WCW, NJPW, and IMPACT alumni wrestled Joey Janela on a 2021 episode of Dark: Elevation, a match that was well received and completed a mission Crowbar tried to accomplish back in 2020 but couldn’t due to the pandemic. He recently spoke with Fightful about that AEW experience, which you can check out in the highlights below.
Says he wanted to do something with AEW in 2020 but couldn’t because of the pandemic:
I’m watching during the pandemic, everybody’s locked down. I’m still working, thank God. We were able to stay open. I’m watching Dark and Elevation, and I really wanted to go down. I said, ‘They have these three hour shows, I could probably find a spot. I would hope I could find a spot to do some stuff here. But I work in physical therapy, I’m in New Jersey and they had the laws where if you traveled out of state, you have to lock yourself down for ten days and it just wasn’t feasible. So I started doing videos, the promos that I was doing. That was my wrestling outlet.
How his 2021 AEW Dark: Elevation matchup with Joey Janela ended up happening:
Yes. The promos were my outlet. I had to do something wrestling oriented and that became it. I was actually down in Disney, on vacation in July. I had the AEW match in October and I got a text from QT, ‘Hey, we’re gonna bring you in. Janela wants to work with you.’ First day of Disney vacation, I had these aspirations of eat whatever you want, drink whatever you want. Now I’m getting up earlier, doing more cardio, watching what I’m eating. It really was an unexpected blessing, that whole thing that popped up. From there I just took the stuff more and more seriously. Not that I don’t take it seriously, but you get that taste and I go, ‘Oh, well this is cool.’ I’ve been training harder. I’m getting in the ring more, doing more and more, AEW goes to Flair’s show, Flair’s show goes to New Japan, did IMPACT last night. So that was kind of fun.