Early in the year at the AEW Double or Nothing rally, undersized pro wrestler ‘Bad Boy’ Joey Janela, 30 years old, announced he was signing a contract with billionaire Shad Khan’s All Elite Wrestling (AEW). It was the biggest accomplishment of his career to date – although it’s been a year of wild ups and downs for Janela since then.
Janela’s career first began gaining momentum among the most niche of hardcore fans on the independent circuit, where he risked life and limb in independent promotions by doing dangerous “stunts” in front of tiny audiences, for little to no money. He also promoted his own annual Spring Break show.
While working on the independent circuit, Janela worked odd jobs, like delivering pizzas, to make ends meet. In an interview with Bleacher Report this year, he confessed to still living with his mother, and talked of hopes of one day moving out.
Before signing with AEW, Janela announced his long-term relationship with pro wrestler Penelope Ford ended amicably at the end of 2018. During the Double or Nothing rally, he also announced Ford was “All Elite” as well. Ford is currently dating AEW’s Kip Sabian.
In July of this year, video surfaced of an altercation between an intoxicated Janela and nZo (formerly known as Enzo Amore in WWE) at a Blink 182 concert. Janela later offered to train in mixed martial arts and fight nZo.
AEW’s weekly show “Dynamite” first aired on TNT on October 2nd, and less than two months into the show, Janela tweeted out what appeared to be frustration with how he’s been presented in AEW.
The tweet was later deleted that evening, which would typically indicate it isn’t part of an angle for television. I did reach out to AEW Vice President Cody Runnels (aka Rhodes) for clarification and am waiting to hear back as of press time.
I wasn’t able to reach out to Janela directly due to him blocking me on social media, after I retweeted a fan video of Janela chest chopping him, while he barely seem phased by it. I wasn’t following Janela and hadn’t tagged him in my tweet.
In recent days, Janela – who’s been in numerous Twitter feuds with notable names – also referred to me as a “loser fake reporter who makes up stories,” and who “toxically talks trash.”
He also told his 45.3K followers that I’m the biggest loser of the year, and posted a photo that looks eerily like a failed podcast host I know.
With Janela seemingly spiraling out of control, one can only guess what the future holds for AEW’s ‘Bad Boy’.