Brian Pillman Jr. had worked hard to establish himself as one of the mainstays of AEW’s tag team division alongside Griff Garrison. The Varsity Blondes eventually split up and went their separate ways. As it turned out, Pillman Jr. recently parted ways with AEW after his contract expired. Now it appears Jim Ross has shared his thoughts on his AEW departure.

We previously reported that Brian Pillman Jr. was removed from the AEW roster page. Naturally, this made many fans fear the worst as they believed he was gone from the company.

That is exactly what happened as Brian Pillman Jr. contract with AEW expired earlier this week. Pillman Jr. first competed in AEW during their inaugural Double Or Nothing pay-per-view in 2019, competing in the first-ever Casino Battle Royale.

He would then go on to become a regular on AEW Dark and Dark: Elevation. His most memorable feud came against MJF a couple of years ago. While speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross commented on Pillman’s departure from Tony Khan’s company and stated that he believes Brian Pillman Jr. will be fine.


“Oh hell yeah, Brian’s got nothing to be… He wasn’t working. He’s not losing any ring time, he’ll have plenty of opportunities. He’s just got to structure his journey and be smart about the decisions he makes and get all of the in ring time that he can, wrestle as many matches as you can schedule. He’s gonna be fine, he’s just gotta have his plan and work it.

His career has took a minor tumble, but not one that you can’t get up from. I have a lot of confidence that he’s going to end up very successful in wrestling. For somebody that’s an indie guy and you want a good match on your show, he’ll provide that. Once the word gets out that it’s always a consistent thing, he can work heel or babyface, he can do all the spots. He’s got a lot of charisma. I think he’s going to be just fine at the end of the day.”

Brian Pillman Jr. has not commented on his exit from Tony Khan’s company yet. That said, he largely competed in the indie circuit, especially in promotions such as New South Wrestling and Ryse Wrestling this year. We’ll have to wait and see what’s next in store for the former AEW star.

What’s your opinion on what Jim Ross said? Will you miss Brian Pillman Jr.? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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