The most intriguing match of AEW’s All Out on August 31st from the Sears Center in Chicago has got to be the 3-way blood feud between Darby Allin, Jimmy Havoc, and The Bad Boy, Joey Janela.
This trio was in a tag team at Fight For The Fallen against Shawn Spears, MJF, and Sammy Guevara, a match which Allin, Havoc, and Janela ultimately lost. During a post-match interview, a brawl ensued between the trio as frustration over the loss boiled over. At that moment a raging feud began between the three men that will be settled on August 31st in Chicago. If you have been following my articles then you already know about Darby Allin and Jimmy Havoc but just who is Joey Janela and what he is all about?
Joey Janela, who has also wrestled under the moniker Starman, hails from Hazlet Township, New Jersey. The 30-year-old does not have your prototypical professional physique standing at 5’8” and 200 pounds. AEW has repeatedly demonstrated that they are unconcerned about the classic “look” of a wrestler and are much more interested in interesting characters who can connect with an audience. Look no further than Jungle Boy and Darby Allin as proof of AEW’s willingness to sign talent that doesn’t have the “look” of a pro wrestler. Janela relies on an unorthodox style, a penchant for violence as well as his well-crafted Package Piledriver and Superkick finishing moves to punish his opponents. His attitude seems to be that of a man who is just as happy to administer pain and torture as he is to win the match.
The Bad Boy began his professional wrestling career in 2006 and has been chasing the dream ever since. Janela has been fortunate to hold numerous titles throughout his tenure in the business. Some of his professional accolades include being crowned the Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) Wired TV champion an impressive four times. Janela was also a three-time Pro Wrestling Syndicate (PWS) Suicidal Six-Way champion wrestling under the moniker Starman. Janela has held multiple various other regional titles during his career.
If you have been paying attention to AEW at all then you have witnessed the chaos that seems to resonate around Joey Janela. You may remember Jimmy Havoc stapling a lit cigarette to the dome of Janela during The Buy In preshow of Double or Nothing.
At FyterFest, he faced off against Jon Moxley in an unsanctioned, no rules, hardcore match which consisted of ladders, tacks, a barbed wire chair and a barbed wire board which eventually ended with Moxley securing the victory. This match featured a high degree of violence which is exactly what the fans have come to expect from both wrestlers – it did not disappoint with respect to the fundamentals of hardcore wrestling. There appeared to be no limit to the amount of pain either man could inflict upon the other. Both men were willing to put their bodies in harm’s way to entertain the fans and chase a victory.
In 2017, Janela introduced the world to his Spring Break show which has become synonymous with outlandish and crazy wrestling activities. This year’s show featured a match called “The Greatest Clusterf**k” which was a wild battle royale style match that apparently ended with no clear winner.
The annual Spring Break show has attracted fans as well as up and coming wrestlers since its inception in 2017. One such up and comer is Canadian wrestler Jay Walker who had the following to say:
“Right now I’m really hoping to get in the ring with Joey Janela. We both have similar philosophies when it comes to wrestling. Every Monday I post video of some insane thing I’ve done and tag Joey in it on Twitter trying to get booked for his annual Spring Break event.”
A short film entitled Please Don’t Die Joey Janela highlighted the career of the hardcore wrestler and some of his extreme in and out of the ring antics. During the 38-minute documentary, Janela reveals that Stone Cold Steve Austin was:
“The nail in the coffin for me when it comes to what I wanted to do in life. Steve Austin was the man.”
The short documentary chronicles Janela’s foray into the world of professional wrestling, which began by him lying to a promoter to get into the ring and follows him on his journey from unknown to a star in the world of professional wrestling. Janela describes how “The Bad Boy” character was born and how he entered the world of hardcore wrestling. This film is yet another platform that Janela has used to effectively self-promote himself. This documentary gives some insight into how a self-proclaimed “bad boy” was able to reinvent himself into one of the most popular hardcore wrestlers in the industry today.
Janela learned that not all press is good press however when he had an altercation with former WWE performer Enzo Amore.
The incident occurred in July of this year at a Blink 182 concert in New Jersey. There is some disagreement about who started the “fight” or why. Many initially thought that it was a work to set up a match between the two wrestlers somewhere down the road. Others thought that it was Janela’s attempt to generate some publicity for himself by getting on TMZ. It ended up being nothing more than a shouting match than never materialized into a fight. Most observers agree that the “fight” did little to help either man and may have made Janela appear soft.
Since Fight For The Fallen, Joey Janela, Darby Allin, and Jimmy Havoc have taken advantage of every opportunity to express their disdain for one another in the most violent way possible. What is fascinating about the trio is that they actually appear to have more in common with each other than differences. All three of these performers prefer violence and pain to wrestling techniques. Each man carries a large chip on his shoulder and seems to have adopted a “me versus the world” attitude. And they all believe they should be given a title shot sooner rather than later.
One of these extreme wrestlers can take a huge step towards realizing their goal of a title shot by walking out the ring victorious on August 31st in Chicago. As a result of their similar styles and their familiarity with one another, this match may ultimately come down to who can withstand the most punishment. We have seen no indication from any of these men that they would be willing to quit or concede victory in order to preserve their bodies. This may be the most hardcore, gruesome match we have ever seen.
This trainwreck should go on last at All Out because the ring may not be standing at the conclusion of the match – and Janela will be there in the thick of it.
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