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Shawn Spears on his WWE run: “I was pigeonholed for quite a long time”

Current AEW and former WWE star Shawn Spears spoke with Muscle and Fitness for a new interview. 

In this discussion, he talked about his time in WWE and how after getting his release from the company per his request, he’s now taking his career into his own hands while under the AEW banner. 

Back in February, Dillinger announced in a Twitter statement that he had requested his release from WWE. It was later granted by the company.

“I take great pride in being able to work with anybody. Whether it be a brand-new talent, whether it be someone who has been in wrestling for four or five years, or even 15 to 20, I take pride in being able to cover the spectrum when it comes down to match preparation and execution. But that can also pigeonhole you, and I was pigeonholed for quite a long time. On one hand, I was very reliable when they needed something done. I was there and I got it done, but at the same time I couldn’t break through the glass ceiling that seemed to be placed over my head. Now, that has changed.”

Spears lost to Cody Rhodes in his promotional debut match at the AEW All Out pay-per-view event that aired live on Bleacher Report’s streaming service, B/R Live, from the Sears Centre in Chicago, IL.

Spears continued, “I have taken my career into my own hands, been given an opportunity to be on a worldwide platform (in AEW) with no restrictions. Now, this is all on me. Now there’s no more “Oh, well, maybe you are being held back or it’s not him it’s creative.” I want all that out of the way, I want everything to fall on my shoulders now. Regardless of what happens, when I’m seventy years old, I can look back and say that I did this the way I wanted to, on my terms, and I gave it everything I got.”






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