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Jay Lethal On Joining AEW, Tony Khan Clarifies Lance Archer’s Health

The newest member joining AEW is former ROH star Jay Lethal. And, Tony Khan clarifies the status of Lance Archer after landing on his neck.

AEW is ready to grab talent from ROH and they have started with Jay Lethal joining the company. Also, Tony Khan gives an update on the scary bump Lance Archer took.

Jay Lethal On Joining AEW

AEW’s Full Gear was not loaded with surprise debuts, but there was one. Jay Lethal is officially all elite as he appeared during the show.

After a few minutes of talking, his first match was booked. He challenges TNT Champion Sammy Guevara on Wednesday’s Dynamite.

After the pay per view, Lethal spoke to the media. He noted how things came together real fast, especially once ROH released their entire roster.

“It all happened so quickly, only a few days ago,” said Lethal. “My head was spinning because today was the first time we [Tony Khan] met and talked face to face.” 

“Imagine being, for lack of a better term, jobless and wondering how you’re going to pay your bills and such. You’re a professional wrestler so there’s not a ton of jobs.” 

“You can’t just fill out an application anywhere. I got a quick message from some of Tony’s associates, which was like a beacon of light.” 

“But, literally, that was only a few days ago. Then I flew in yesterday and had to sit in my hotel room and I couldn’t get any sleep because all I could think about was, ‘Well, I don’t really know what’s happening tomorrow because we haven’t met yet.” 

“It was wild. All these thoughts going through my mind, ‘Will the people like me? The company’s on fire right now, I hope I make a good impression.’ Just a wild rush of emotions in my head.”

With ROH’s future uncertain, it allows other promotions to sign their wrestlers. ROH had some amazing talent and AEW struck first by signing a former World Champion.

Tony Khan Clarifies Lance Archer’s Health

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At the end of October, Eddie Kingston defeated Lance Archer. The ending of the bout was scary as Archer went for a moonsault off the top rope.

Basically, he landed right on top of his head. Medical checked on him before Kingston made a quick pin and ended the match.

Archer is dong okay according to Tony Khan. Also, he clarified what is the current status of Archer at the Full Gear media scrum.

“He’s here and he’s good,” said Khan. “Thankfully, he came out of it good.” 

“It was a neck injury, not a head injury. He cleared all the impact testing, concussion, all the stuff over the last several weeks. He twisted his neck, but he’s good.”

Lance Archer’s Return Date

So, as for a return, Khan is not sure and will not rush the matter. Also, he praised how great the past year had been for Archer.

“I’m not exactly sure and I don’t want to rush,” said Khan. “We have so many great stars.” 

“Lance is a really important wrestler for us and has hit on so many great things for us like winning the IWGP US Title in the Texas Deathmatch. It was a great and he had a great match with [Hiroshi] Tanahashi.” 

“I don’t have an exact date, but I don’t see any point in rushing him. With a neck injury, you don’t want to rush it.” 

“He was here today and the doc was checking up on him. He’s in great spirits and he’s had a great 2021.” 

Remember, Archer took his success in New Japan Pro Wrestling and carried it over to AEW. He has been part of great matches, including his title win over Jon Moxley.

From the way Khan spoke, maybe Archer returns at the start of 2022. Therefore, he deserves some rest and to enjoy the holidays.

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