Jack Evans: I feel like that AEW salary contract made me a little soft

Jack Evans opens up about his departure from All Elite Wrestling and expresses that the salary contract made him 'soft'

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Jack Evans discusses his time in AEW and his exit from the company.

Dating back to 2019, Jack Evans had been a part of All Elite Wrestling alongside his now-former tag team partner Angelico. The 20 year veteran’s last match for AEW was at a Dark taping in February.

Jack’s contract with the company was coming up and he took to social media to clarify that it was not being renewed. He spoke to Chris Van Vliet and Evans said he does not have a concrete plan in place for what’s next, but he’s looking for a promotion in Mexico to compete in. He added that at his age, it might be time to start thinking about semi-retirement.

I am not a man with the plan. For right now, it is the same old, same old with the indies. I am looking for a promotion in Mexico, so I am starting to send out resumes. But at my age, it might be time to start thinking about at least semi-retirement. I am at least hoping to get on TV in Mexico.

Elsewhere during the conversation, Evans admitted that being on a salary deal made him ‘soft’ and he became complacent with where he was in life and in wrestling.

I feel like that salary contract made me a little soft. There was a little while where I got a bit plump and I fell off after that [pandemic] layoff. I only feel like I started to come back after that layoff, but I think at that point, the company had already made up its mind or whatever. I did just kind of get — not lazy in the ring, but lazy outside of the ring.

Evans came into AEW alongside Angelico. Angelico is still with the company. Jack feels that during the first year of AEW, the company was happy with them, but when he was not ‘on the ball’ and got out of shape, Angelico kept going and he thinks that’s when they started being viewed as different entities.

I think in that first year, they were pretty happy with us. We were not the type to go up to the office [with a problem]. I called us the nine to fivers. We would show up, do what we had to do, go to the locker room. There was zero politics and our in ring performance matched up to what they wanted us to do. But I think after that, they started looking at me and Angelico differently. I got out of shape and plump, I wasn’t on the ball, but Angelico never fell off. I think it was then that they started seeing us as 2 different entities.

In March, Jack wrestled for RIOT Wrestling Alliance in Mexico. He last competed for AAA in 2019 and had worked with the company since 2008.

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