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Shawn Spears is leaving AEW

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Earlier today, a report from Fightful Select indicated that AEW star Shawn Spears will become a free agent on Jan. 1, 2024, and he is going to leave the company.

After that story got out, Spears confirmed his departure from the company on social media:

What a wonderful time it has been.

Thank you AEW for allowing me to be there from the ground level. It’s been a fantastic 5 years of growth and personal development.

This is a personal choice and one that is best for me and my family at this time.

Thank you to all, staff and talent alike for the memories


Spears followed up that message by saying he loves the fans of pro wrestling.

Shawn hasn’t been featured nearly as much on AEW programming over the last couple of years as he was in 2019 and 2020. He hasn’t competed in an AEW ring since losing in a pre-show Battle Royal at September’s All Out 2023 event.

In Janaury 2023, Spears and his wife Cassie Lee (fka Peyton Royce in WWE) became proud parents to their first child together, Austin Jay. The couple recently revealed that they are expecting another child in 2024.

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