Joey Janela pulled from AEW Dynamite as COVID-19 precaution

Joey Janela is off tonight’s episode of AEW Dynamite as a COVID-19 precaution.

AEW announced this afternoon that Janela has been pulled from tonight’s Dynamite after having exposure to someone at an independent wrestling show who later tested positive for COVID-19. “AEW and Joey Janela learned today that he had exposure to a known COVID-19 positive person at an independent show,” AEW wrote. “For that reason we are pulling him until such time as he is cleared to return consistent with our protocols.”

Janela was supposed to face Kenny Omega in the first round of AEW’s World title eliminator tournament on Dynamite tonight. Sonny Kiss is replacing Janela in the tournament and will face Omega on tonight’s show.

Janela faced AJ Gray at Game Changer Wrestling’s The Last Resort show in Silverado, California this past Saturday. Gray announced today that he tested positive for COVID-19: “Well, I got some bad news…. Last COVID test just came back…. and I tested positive…. I don’t really have any symptoms at all, but I’m still stuck on a 14 day quarantine, so yeah… this blows.”

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Gray wrote that his positive COVID-19 test was taken on Monday. He noted that he believes he can pinpoint the exact person who passed COVID-19 onto him and it wasn’t someone in pro wrestling.

GCW announced ahead of The Last Resort that they were taking additional COVID-19 precautions following The Collective: “Here are additional precautions we took to ensure this event is as safe as possible: 1. All talent was required to be tested & produce a negative result before coming to CA. Some were tested twice. All talent, including local has been tested within 72 hours of event.”

The entire first round of the World title eliminator tournament is taking place on Dynamite tonight. Penta El Zero M vs. Rey Fenix, Omega vs. Kiss, Hangman Page vs. Colt Cabana, and Jungle Boy vs. Wardlow are the first round matches. The finals of the tournament will take place at Full Gear on Saturday, November 7, with the winner getting a future shot at the AEW World Championship. The title is currently held by Jon Moxley.