Earlier this year, Sammy Guevara wound up at the center of a controversy surrounding his reported rejection of IMPACT Wrestling’s plans for him. At the time, fans wondered whether this disagreement might derail All Elite Wrestling’s budding partnership with IMPACT, adding even more heat to the situation.
In an interview with Steven Muehlhausen of DAZN, Guevara commented on the matter and offered his side of the story. He stated that his actions were misrepresented, as he and IMPACT Wrestling peacefully agreed to part ways while the two sides were still in the planning process.
“I think it got blown way out of proportion,” said Guevara. “Basically, some stuff was presented to me, I didn’t feel like it worked for me and for what Sammy Guevara is, so I declined that. Then they declined to want to use me or whatnot. So that it’s totally fine. It was amicable, almost of the just us agreeing like, ‘Ok, this is business. Maybe we’ll work something out in the future’.
“Then all of a sudden, it wound up on the dirt sheets, and it blew up. I wish you could have stayed close to the vest. I felt like it wasn’t necessary for any of this to become public knowledge because it was done behind doors. So why are we opening the doors for everyone to see? But it is what it is. You can’t change what we can’t change. I wish Impact nothing but the best. I’ve said that many times.”
On a more positive note, Guevara described how beneficial working with Chris Jericho has been. He also shared his excitement for showing everyone that he can be “the guy” in AEW.
” I always have room to grow, especially with Chris by my side,” said Guevara. “Chris has been nothing but the best. He’s helped me tremendously since I’ve come into AEW and putting me in the position that I’m in. I definitely think everybody has room to grow.
“Anyone who says like, ‘I’m the man right now’, they’re lying, or they’re just full of themselves. I definitely think I’m “it”. I definitely think I am “it factor”. If you want ratings, I can give it to you all. It’ll all come in time. I feel like a lot of us young people, as performers, it’s just that waiting game is the hard part. But you got to be patient. I look forward to showing everybody.”