AEW President Tony Khan has challenged any and all IMPACT Wrestling talent to appear on All Elite Wrestling television.
Making what has now become a regular appearance on the December 22 edition of IMPACT Wrestling, Tony Khan alongside Tony Schiavone aired a third advertisement which is said to have been paid for by the Jacksonville promotion.
Wishing IMPACT fans a merry Christmas, a somewhat contrite owner talked about his numerous achievements in the Nashville arena – where IMPACT has been taped for several months – the company’s Hard To Kill event which will see Kenny Omega compete and laid down the gauntlet to any stars who wanted to test his roster:
“I just heard that Impact Wrestling is hard to kill and I’ve heard that IMPACT Wrestling is looking to feature AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in a six-man tag on a pay-per-view called Hard To Kill. Kenny Omega, the AEW World Champion wrestling on someone else’s pay-per-view. I certainly have the power to stop that, Tony. I could file an injunction, there’s a lot of things I could do.
If I didn’t want the match to happen, it wouldn’t be happening. You know what, IMPACT Wrestling, you want Kenny Omega here wrestling your people, that’s fine with me. Tomorrow night, Wednesday Night Dynamite, you’re welcome to send some of your people to my show this week, any week.”
Khan then struck what could only be considered a heelish promo on being able to take anyone he wanted and looking around his opposition’s locker room to see what the contractual status of the talent was:
“I understand you have some tag teams here yourselves, Impact Wrestling. I might go look around and see what they’re up to, see what their contractual status is. You know what, Tone? For a company that’s hard to kill, $7 billion buys a lot of ammunition. So Impact Wrestling, let me tell you something – Kenny Omega, you’re welcome to have him at Hard To Kill. I’ll tune in, I’ll check it out, and I expect to see the AEW World Champion with his hand raised high.”
Since Kenny Omega defected to IMPACT Wrestling along with his manager and the promotion’s Executive Vice President, Don Callis, after winning the AEW World Heavyweight Championship, there has been much talk of stars crossing the divide in both directions.
Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has stated that he expects to see IMPACT talent turn up on Dynamite and vice versa, and teams such as FTR have already taken to social media to challenge the likes of Motor City Machine Guns.