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AEW pulls Joey Janela from World Title Eliminator Tournament due to COVID exposure

Today (Oct 21), hours before he was to compete on Dynamite in the first round of the company’s World Title Eliminator Tournament, AEW announced Joey Janela was being pulled from the show due to exposure to a COVID-19 positive person at a recent independent show.

He’ll be replaced by his tag partner, Sonny Kiss:

Janela worked and promoted a show at The Collective event in Indianapolis earlier this month that was linked to several positive tests, but so did Kiss, Jon Moxley, and others. He also worked GCW’s The Last Resort last weekend in Southern California after testing negative. On that card he wrestled AJ Gray, who self-reported a positive COVID test earlier today.

Gray also worked The Collective, but says he tested negative multiple times after that weekend and prior to working Last Resort.

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