Shawn Spears says Tony Khan granted him all the time off he needed when his mother passed and his first child was born.
Spears lost his mother last August. His wife, Cassie Lee, was five and a half months pregnant at the time. He spoke with Chris Van Vliet recently about how supportive AEW was to him during this period.
Last year was tough. I lost my mom last August.
We kind of knew it was coming. But then it happened very suddenly. So that was tough. But at the same time, Cassie was five and a half, six months pregnant. So, I’m expecting and losing at the same time. And then, you know, I’m in Florida, and I’m trying to settle my mom’s estate, all my family [is in Canada]. I have no family here.
I didn’t have a chance to mourn because I’m way over here and I’m not with them, and then you go home quick and then you have to get back to your wife and it was just a lot and AEW is very good about kind of allowing me that time.”
Spears returned to AEW last October after having been absent since Double or Nothing that May. He teamed with FTR in Toronto and defeated the Embassy in the main event of Rampage. After the show, he spoke to the live crowd about his mother's passing. A few months later, Spears and Cassie Lee welcomed the birth of their child, Austin Jay, in January.
Spears continued to talk about Tony Khan, saying:
Like I was saying before, just what a sweetheart of a man, gave me all the time in the world when my mom passed. And now that Austin’s been born, I had all the time in the world to be home with my wife, cause it’s just us here. Just a good man, a busy man, but a good man.
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Spears could be headed into a program with Jay White in AEW. During White's match against Komander on Dynamite this week, Spears was in the crowd holding up signs as if he was judging what he was seeing in the match.