According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the special relationship between AEW and IMPACT Wrestling has been in the works for a long time.
Speaking on the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer stated that entire Don Callis/Kenny Omega union has been the plan for some time now, hence the IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President being present on AEW television.
The blueprint has been in the works for much longer according to Meltzer, with Callis being the brains behind Chris Jericho vs. Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12 and that match reportedly the catalyst behind Tony Khan creating AEW.
While the journalist cites that plans are somewhat unclear as to where both promotions will go from here, it is set in stone that an inter-promotional war will be waged with Callis serving as manager and mentor to the new AEW World Heavyweight Champion going forward.
It will now be intriguing to see who else may make the switch to join Omega with the champion’s Elite brothers, The Young Bucks, having a deep history with IMPACT Wrestling. It would be very interesting to see Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks side with IMPACT, while Hangman Page and FTR battle for the honour of All Elite Wrestling.
The addition of IMPACT Wrestling alongside their working relationships with NWA and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide opens many doors for AEW as well as alters the landscape of professional wrestling as we known it.
At the culmination of AEW Dynamite: Winter is Coming on December 2 – which saw the debut of Sting – Kenny Omega shocked Jon Moxley to capture the AEW World Heavyweight Championship and turned heel with the aid of Don Callis.
Following the bout, champion and manager fled Daily’s Place in a waiting car with the aid informing Alex Marvez that Omega would explain his actions on IMPACT Wrestling on December 8.