All Elite Wrestling has not shied away from collaborations with other promotions since its debut in 1999. Over that time, the NWA Women’s Championship and the AAA Mega Championship have both appeared on Dynamite, with the NWA belt defended several times, includling last month at the Full Gear PPV.
At that same PPV, an appearance from Impact Wrestling executive Don Callis sparked rumours that the two companies might be looking to work together.
Callis appeared as a guest commentator in the match between his friend Kenny Omega and ‘Hangman’ Page to determine the number one contender for the AEW World Championship.
These rumours moved a lot closer to reality last night as Callis once again appeared as an announcer in the title match between Jon Moxley and Omega on the special ‘Winter Is Coming’ episode of Dynamite.
The reason given was that Callis has called a number of his longtime friends matches and Omega personally requested his presence for his biggest AEW match to date.
As you can read here, Callis got involved with the finish leading to Omega being crowned champion before both men attempted to flee the scene in a waiting car.
When questioned on their actions by backstage interviewer Alex Marvez, Callis said he would explain his actions next Tuesday. When corrected by Marvez that Dynamite was actually on Wednesday, Callis clarified ‘Tuesday – on Impact Wrestling’
That we will hear the immediate fall out from the biggest angle in AEW Dynamite history is hugely significant. It will surely lead to a significant increase in Impact’s audience on AXS TV as fans clamour to hear Callis’ (storyline) explanation but also to watch for any further signs of the company working together.
It remains to be seen what both parties will expect to get out of the partnership. Whilst Impact has been a consistently good product for some time, its level of star power and awareness is far below its heyday of a decade ago while under the TNA Wrestling brand.