Frankie Kazarian: "I’m not wired to be a bench player, and that’s kind of the role I was assigned at AEW"

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He rejoined the company in January. 

After having been with All Elite Wrestling since its launch in 2019, Frankie Kazarian opted to leave and return to IMPACT on a full-time basis

He appeared at this past January’s Hard To Kill pay-per-view and revealed that he signed a long-term deal. 

As Kazarian was speaking to Simon Miller of WhatCulture, he expressed that he felt he was assigned a bench player role in AEW. With the time he has left in wrestling, he wants to give it those who value it and said IMPACT wanted him around and he’s helping behind the scenes. 

I’m not wired to be a bench player, you know? And that’s kind of the role I was assigned at AEW and you know, I’ve always said the most valuable thing I can give anybody is my time and that’s the most valuable thing I can ask of them so, the time I have left in the ring, it could be five years, 10 years, could be five months, I don’t know. All I know is with that time, I wanna give it to someone that’s gonna value it the most and IMPACT Wrestling was very interested in bringing me in, having me come home, having me be a guy to do a lot of stuff behind the scenes and help out so, it’s just good. It’s almost a good way to kind of wrap up my story there and still achieve the goals I wanna achieve inside the ring.

Earlier this month at IMPACT’s Rebellion pay-per-view, two new world champions were crowned in Deonna Purrazzo and Steve Maclin. 

If the quote in this article is used, please credit WhatCulture Wrestling with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription.