When Anthony Ogogo was feuding with Cody Rhodes prior to AEW Double or Nothing 2021, he was placed in a prominent role. Rhodes went on to win the match at AEW Double or Nothing 2021, and Ogogo hasn’t been seen much since. He has, however, appeared on AEW Dark and AEW Dark: Elevation.
Ogogo discussed his present AEW status in an interview with Cultaholic for Desert Island Graps. He really had no issues opening up about his frustrations.
“I had a choice with both companies, but I chose to go to AEW because I love the sports-based product, that’s what I like. I got, not told off, but I did a tweet recently and I haven’t been to AEW recently while we figure things out, not on TV, I’ve been doing Elevation, gaining experience, getting better, and honing my craft. I trust the boss,”
“Tony Khan is an absolute genius. Like QT (Marshall), he’s a genius. Them two together then Sonjay Dutt who is unbelievable, Pat Buck who is great, Tony Schiavone is really good, the Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) and Kenny (Omega). AEW management, you’ve got geniuses around the place and they work together so well, led by Tony Khan. I really trust QT and Tony Khan and trust where I’m at and that they’re going to bring me through at the right time and I’ll get the chance when it’s the right time in my development and my career. I do get frustrated because I am away from my family a lot and I am in a country that I don’t like being in, working hard for this dream and I want to get these chances.”
Ogogo expressed his displeasure on Twitter in September after witnessing Luigi Primo on television. Obvioulsy, this is something that is still bothering him
“I got frustrated recently because the pizza guy was on TV. I did a little tweet, half joking, half being serious, just being like, ‘this pizza guy, who is not Shawn Michaels in the ring, has had more time on AEW TV this year than I have.'”
“It pissed me off because it’s supposed to be a sports-based product. I understand what they’re doing, I get it. I just want to wrestle. I want to get good and have time. He got kicked in the face in three seconds, I don’t want that spot [laughs]. I just want to be on TV and show people how hard I’m working and how good I can be. I’ll be patient, which I am being, but I’m also going to work hard in the interim and that’s what I’m doing. Hopefully, I’ll get my shot soon enough.”
When asked if he was given an explanation for why he hasn’t been featured on television, Ogogo stated that he believes there are many cards in the pack, including big cards. He then explained how his passport got nicked.
“I think there are a lot of cards in the pack, a lot of big cards as well. Last year, after I had the feud with Cody, I had to leave because I had some visa stuff going on.”
“Long story short, my passport got nicked and in typical American fashion, it’s really difficult to get an ID. My passport got nicked, therefore my visa was stolen. I had to get a new visa, only way I could get a new visa was to leave America and once you leave, you can’t come back without a visa. I had to get an appointment. I gave myself so many gray hairs. This is the height of COVID, every embassy is shut down, there is a year-long backup.”
Ogogo was in the United Kingdom from June 2021 until December 2021. He was out of the country dealing with passport and visa issues, and when he returned, the whole scenario changed with new signings.
“They had written me off TV for nine months because I wasn’t supposed to be away for nine months. When I came back, everything had changed.”
“They signed Bryan Danielson, the best wrestler who has probably ever lived, they signed (CM) Punk and this, that and the other person. The whole landscape changed. Cody left, me coming back and doing something with him, that was gone because he’s not there. Everything just changed and with me, I think I’m such a unique talent that it’s hard to know what to do with me. All I’ve done is work as hard as possible to get as good as possible. Once I get subbed in, I score a hat trick and then I start the next week.”
Ogogo hasn’t competed since the AEW Dark episode from September 20th. He has worked for independent promotions as well as PROGRESS Wrestling. Let’s wait and see when we get to watch him in the ring. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Ringside News.
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