Lest you think all the tension in the AEW locker room is Colt Cabana related and/or stems from the post-Everything out fracas, this week a story is circulating that Kenny Omega’s speech at the August 24 talent meeting misled many people.
Messages about theDynamite meeting focused on improving communications, the company’s expanded talent relations team, and response to WWE’s alleged manipulation. AEW head honcho Tony Khan, Executive Vice-Presidents The Young Bucks & Omega, Sr. Producer & Talent Advisor Tony Schiavone, and veteran Chris Jericho all spoke. It was noted at the time that Kenny in particular took a hard line on his comments, and now it seems that one line in particular has not been well received by everyone.
According to Voices of Wrestlings The flagship podcast (and since confirmed by Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer), Omega told the assembled AEW roster that he wouldn’t have hired eight out of ten people in the room.
Meltzer writes that the line received a mixed response. Some clearly thought it was a joke, noting that Omega looked at Will Ospreay when he said it and was just messing with his rival from New Japan. Others thought he was serious and took offense. Someone in the first group told Dave that the sentence was “totally misinterpreted and taken out of context”.
Omega also said that AEW’s energy was more positive when the company started, presumably to encourage the current roster to achieve that same attitude.
Back to the VOW pod, they also discussed how Punk was known for staying and watching all the matches on a particular show. That’s contrary to rumors that he had “big time” associations with others behind the scenes — and with Omega and The Bucks, who were said to often leave early.
Every story always has at least two sides. Looks like the Elite brought theirs out first. Now it’s the turn of the punk camp.