Following a promo that Kenny Omega did after AEW Dynamite went off the air, it has led to speculation about his wrestling future.
This past Wednesday on AEW Dynamite in Boston, the show was built around the Blood & Guts Match that involved ten wrestlers fighting inside two rings with a giant cage covering them.
The Golden Elite team consisting of Kenny Omega, “Hangman” Adam Page, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) and Kota Ibushi defeated the Blackpool Combat Club’s Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, who were joined by Pac and Konosuke Takeshita.
As it turned out, Pac and Takeshita were not very loyal to their team since they walked out on the match. Pac argued with Claudio Castagnoli, which will lead to Pac getting an ROH World Title match against Claudio tonight at the ROH Death Before Dishonor PPV. Once Pac and Takeshita walked out, Page choked out Yuta with a chain around the neck and Moxley quit to save Yuta.
After the show, Kenny Omega did a promo, which we covered fully here, talking about respecting the Blackpool Combat Club. Kenny also said, “I’m gonna go wherever these guys [points to Young Bucks] go.” It’s well known that they are free agents towards year’s end and they don’t have new AEW deals yet, but a lot of people expect them to stay.
In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wrote about how that Kenny Omega promo got some people talking about The Elite’s future.
“There was a lot of speculation coming out of a promo that Kenny Omega did in Boston off the air after the Blood & Guts match was over. Omega said he was a lover, not a fighter, and put over the BCC and said we can keep the feud going or we can shake hands. That was to be the climax and there was hand shaking with Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli and Wheeler Yuta.”
“Omega also put over Bryan Danielson, saying he broke his arm for the company and the business, and noted that Kota Ibushi flew more than 24 hours to get to Boston. When everyone shook hands Omega said he didn’t expect it to happen but said that Ibushi would be back in AEW and that as long as he’s an active performer, he’s going to go wherever these guys go (he pointed at the Young Bucks and some say also Adam Page).”
“Some saw this as a lock they are staying in AEW with their contracts due at the end of the year, and others saw it as a farewell and all are leaving. Obviously, AEW has been trying to get all of them to agree to a new contract. The most likely scenario based on him saying Ibushi would be back and they are sticking together is that they are staying, and contractually they are staying until the end of the year under any circumstances.”
With Blood & Guts behind them, the next major AEW event is All In taking place at Wembley Stadium in London, England with 70,000+ fans in attendance. It’s likely that Kenny Omega and the rest of The Elite will have a big role on that show.