Clayton, a reality TV star who is also seen on Jersey Shore Family Vacation, has competed in several matches on AEW Dark and Dark: Elevation. He made his AEW TV debut on the October 11 episode of AEW Rampage, where he unsuccessfully challenged HOOK for the FTW Championship.
During the October 11 episode of AEW dark, he announced that he has officially signed with the company.
“The landscape of AEW has changed indefinitely, and that’s because I’ve officially signed a contract with All Elite Wrestling,” Clayton said. “Now let me tell you what that means for you. Number one, you’re gonna respect me, and you’re gonna worship the ground that I stand in. Number two, I’m gonna do whatever I wanna do around here, and I don’t care who likes it or not.
“All of the sudden, everyone wants to play tough guy around here. Everybody’s a tough guy. So if everyone’s so tough, then how about someone steps up and challenges ‘The Reality?’ But I’m not so sure that’s gonna happen. So until then, how about I remind everybody of the newest and biggest new sign-on to AEW, ‘The Reality’ Zack Clayton.”
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) October 11, 2022
In a recent interview with WrestleZone, Clayton stated that he was on the road with AEW full-time.