Kenny Omega recently shocked the wrestling world following his AEW World Championship win.Leaving the arena with long time friend and Impact Wrestling executive Don Callis, Omega appeared to run his back on AEW.
Speaking to TV Insider, the Winnipeg native discussed the thought behind the change in direction for his character.
“It just felt like wrestling needed a shot in the arm. It could have come from anyone, [but] it just so happened I had a good idea—something unique that I was in a position to pull off and had the support to do. We thought, ‘Let’s pull the trigger on this and get people talking. Let’s take the first step in trying to unite a large fan base that has very much been divided.’”
AEW CEO Tony Khan revealed that the current partnership between Impact and AEW was Kenny Omega’s idea.As well as recently competing in the main event of Impact’s Hard to Kill event, Omega is also still the reigning AAA Mega Champion. Kenny Omega spoke about his ability to wrestle for different companies:
“I went to IMPACT, [Lucha Libre] AAA [Worldwide] and back to AEW, so I have been able to see three different rosters—all incredibly talented, regardless of what fans say is the best. As a performer, I’d love to work with each and every one of them. It’s exciting that we’ve blown the doors wide open and there are all these potential opponents. I just hope as we present these new matches, the fans enjoy watching them as [much as] we enjoy performing them.”
The partnership between AEW and Impact Wrestling has seen other stars cross over between the companies.Private Party appeared on Impact to face Chris Sabin and a returning James Storm for a shot at the Impact Tag Team Championships. This also saw Matt Hardy make his return to Impact Wrestling after leaving the company in 2017.
Credit TV Insider
h/t Fightful for the transcription