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AEW notes: Awesome Kong & Shanna not renewed, Joey Janela injured


The AEW contracts for both Shanna and Awesome Kong were not renewed, according to Dave Meltzer.

Both were removed off the company's roster page over the weekend, raising questions as to their status.

After not working for AEW due to the pandemic, Shanna returned last November and racked up a 6-2 record in infrequent appearances. She appeared once on Dynamite during that span, losing to Britt Baker, and was last seen working an early-April Elevation show in a loss to Leyla Hirsch.

Kong made a surprise appearance at 2019's Double or Nothing as Brandi Rhodes added her to a four-way with Baker, Nyla Rose and Kylie Rae. She competed four more times, racking up three quick singles wins along with a Casino Battle Royale appearance. She last appeared on a January 2020 episode of Dark, defeating Skyler Moore.


Joey Janela took to Twitter Monday to reveal he is injured and is pulling out of two GCW dates.

Janela didn't reveal what the injury was or the severity, but simply said he was not cleared. He said he will not be able to wrestle for GCW for this Saturday's Atlantic City, NJ, show and a June 19th show in Laramie, Wyoming. He was "85%" optimistic he would be able to work for a July 10th GCW show in Texas.

It's unknown when he was set to next work for AEW, but on this past week's Elevation, he did an interview that appears to be leading toward a split with tag team partner Sonny Kiss.