AEW original Frankie Kazarian has reportedly re-signed with the company.
According to PWInsider via Wrestling Inc. the former tag team champion, Kazarian, worked out and signed a new contract with AEW. The finer details like the length of the contract have not been disclosed.
Kazarian along with his SoCal Uncensored teammates, Christopher Daniels and Scorpio Sky, were some of the first wrestlers signed to AEW all the way back in 2019. Even though they may not have had the big names of some of their peers like Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega or The Young Bucks, they were well known in indie circles.
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Kazarian and SCU helped to build the foundation of the new and risky promotion by being the opponents for those more well-known names and helping to provide some very high-level matches.
The First And Best Tag Team Champion?
Sky and Kazarian were the first AEW Tag Team champions. They defeated The Lucha Brothers, Penta El Zero M and Rey Fénix, in the finals of the tag team eliminator tournament to crown the first ever tag team champions for the new promotion. The pair held the titles for a respectable 83 days before they lost the titles to Omega and “Hangman” Adam Page.
In one last effort to regain the AEW Tag Team Championships last year SCU challenged The Young Bucks. SCU was defeated and were forced to call it quits and disband.
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However, this led to a new chapter in Kazarian’s career. He started going by “The Elite Hunter” and made it his sole mission to destroy The Elite, Omega, The Young Bucks, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows, one member at a time.
Recently we have seen Kazarian on AEW Dark and AEW Dark: Elevation. He last competed against and lost to Lance Archer on the Jan. 19 episode.
Expiring AEW Contracts Seem To Be All The Rage Nowadays
As AEW signed a lot of wrestlers very quickly and very close together when the promotion was just beginning, a lot of contracts are coming to an end very soon. Some of the big names are Brian Cage, Marko Stunt, Joey Janela, Lio Rush, among others.
Cage hasn’t been on AEW TV since October 2021 despite reports which state he was at shows. He has also stated he has not been happy with his booking within the company. Recently he has been trying to set-up a rematch with AEW World Champion Hangman Page. Out of all the contracts expiring I would be the least surprised if he didn’t re-sign and ended up in WWE.
Rush had just recently come out of retirement to finish his indie obligations and the remainder of his contract after being sidelined by an injury. Only time will tell if he will sign a new contract or go back into retirement. Pro wrestling can be a very hard thing to quit for good, but maybe Rush will actually call it quits.
Stunt hasn’t been on TV since Sept. 2021. He was part of Jurassic Express along with Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus. However, he has quietly been removed from the group.
Janela was also an AEW original and we last saw him wrestle against Eddie Kingston for an episode of AEW Dark. The majority of his time in AEW he has been teaming up with Sonny Kiss. However, he has had some standout hardcore matches like a brutal match against Jon Moxley.
Do you think Kazarian made the right choice by resigning with AEW or should he have gone back to IMPACT? Who do you want to see Kazarian start feuding with in the new year? Out of the contracts expiring soon, who do you think will resign and who definitely should not? Leave a comment below and let us know if you think Cage will finally get the big push this year if he stays.
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Sources: Wrestling Inc., PWInsider, Wrestling Inc.