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Joey Janela says he has been unmotivated during the pandemic, AEW contract expiring soon

During his appearance on “My Mom’s Basement with Robbie Fox,” AEW star Joey Janella said that he has been unmotivated during the pandemic.

“The pandemic happened and that was it,” Janela said. “I was unmotivated. I’m not an athlete like these guys. I can’t go out there without a crowd. I have to have a crowd. I have to have that adrenaline. I hate to say it. I kind of half as*ed it the whole year. I was unmotivated. I was depressed. I started to eat a lot. I got fatter and progressively worse. I looked worse and worse.

Janela said that while he did have some good matches during the pandemic, most of his good work happened pre-covid but he has has some good matches recently on AEW Dark. He said, “I’ve had some good matches during the pandemic but it wasn’t like pre-pandemic. The crowds are coming back. I’m under a 3-year deal. My contract is up in May. I really have to step it up. I feel like I have in the last couple months having killer matches on Dark. The arenas coming back have really helped me.

Janela continued, “I feel like we have something in AEW, so I’m crossing my fingers and I hope that things are going in an upward trajectory because the whole pandemic was brutal, but for me, it was the worst.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit “My Mom’s Basement with Robbie Fox” with a h/t to for the transcription.

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