Jack Evans says AEW’s salary contract made him “a little soft,” has no bad feelings towards the company’s decision

Jack Evans spoke with “Insight With Chris Van Vliet” this week to talk about his AEW contract not getting renewed, COVID restrictions, starting to get complacent, and his future plans.

Jack Evans talking about AEW not renewing his contract:

“It’s one of those things where I don’t really have any bad experiences or anything. Like I said in a follow-up tweet, I understand where they are coming from,” Evans said.

“I don’t think that I was actually giving added value to the company. It’s just one of those things. Living on that AEW contract was awesome, but it wasn’t a bitter breakup by any stretch of the imagination. I understood where they were coming from.”

On COVID restrictions:

“I feel like for the first year, the run actually started out good. We kind of had the place as the semi comedic tag team. Then me and Angelico were at the Mexican border, which got closed because of the COVID restrictions, and we had a four month layoff,” he explained.

“I had this practice match when I came back, and I actually got my face broken again, so there was another two month layoff. I feel like after that, I never came back full force. I really felt like I deteriorated.”

“But I can’t blame it on ring rust. I never had the same momentum. I felt like I was never wrestling well and had just deteriorated in the ring. This sounds weird, but it gave me loads of self confidence problems. Anyone that knows me knows how nervous I am backstage, but when I step through the curtain and into the ring, I’m all cocky and confident. But I would step through the curtain and would still be as nervous as hell. After the COVID layoff and the face break, I felt like on a personal level that I never came back as me in regards to in-ring skills.”

On starting to get complacent:

“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 that 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 just kind of got, not lazy in the ring, but lazy outside the ring.”

On what he plans on doing going forward:

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

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