The world of professional wrestling could be on the brink of an Avengers: Infinity War-level crossover. This is what you need to know.
Avengers: Infinity War being “the most ambitious crossover event ever” became a meme in the run-up to the movie’s release. As silly as it is in the movie’s publicity hype, it comes from a real place. Crossover events across all media will now be compared to the greatest team in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that fact is no more apparent than in the recent moves made by All Elite Wrestling.
The February 3 episode AEW Dynamite featured a main event that saw AEW stars Jon Moxley, Rey Fenix and Pac take on the recently assembled Bullet Club trio, consisting of AEW World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega and Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champions. The Good Brothers, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson.
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Gallows and Anderson Dynamite The appearance was already part of an invasion / talent swap angle between AEW and Impact Wrestling, formerly known as TNA Wrestling. Omega spent a month appearing on Impact Wrestling TV and on his Hard to kill Pay Per View, where he pinned Impact Wrestling Champion Rich Swann.
However, the biggest interpromotional bombshell occurred after the match, which was won by the Bullet Club team. A post-match showdown between Moxley and Omega was interrupted by a masked man who jumped at Moxley. He revealed himself as Kenta from New Japan Pro Wrestling, who wrestled as Hideo Itami in WWE.
However, Kenta’s appearance was not completely without context, as he is set to fight Moxley for the IWGP United States Championship on an American NJPW show on February 26. Moxley attacked Kenta on an episode of the US-based NJPW show. Strong, to configure the match. However, Moxley’s agreement with NJPW is separate from his contract with AEW, and his dual duty meant that, until the fight with Kenta was signed, he would not be able to fight for NJPW on US soil.
While Kenta’s appearance in Dynamite wasn’t without provocation, it was still shocking. NJPW has shown no interest in working with AEW at this time despite Elite being an important part of the company’s international expansion. Omega was the main talent of the event for NJPW; His last match with the organization was the main event of Fighting kingdom, his biggest show of the year. The rest of the Elite were regulars at NJPW events in Japan and fans in the US had been expecting a partnership from day one of AEW’s existence, but NJPW seemed content to work with promoting longtime US partners. , Ring of Honor.
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In truth, Kenta’s appearance wasn’t just a one-time deal to promote his NJPW match with Moxley. He is booked to team up with Omega against Moxley and Lance Archer in a Falls Count Anywhere match on the February 10 episode. Dynamite. In a sign of a change in the relationship, NJPW is even promoting the match on its website. According to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, NJPW talent living in the US has the green light to appear on AEW programming. For example, Tama Tonga, a member of the Original Bullet Club, who has openly criticized the US resurgence, could appear in Dynamite under those conditions. He and his brother, Tanga Loa, are the NJPW tag team champions and could reignite a feud between NJPW and the Young Bucks.
This whole promotional stunt sets up some interesting developments for short-term wrestling fans, setting up a Infinity war-supercard style. And if this potential crossover has a Thanos, it’s Omega. The AEW World Champion has stated that he wants to be a “belt collector” and win world titles in other promotions. In addition to the AEW Championship, he already has the AAA Mega Championship and his victory over Swann in Hard to kill he could easily set up a match for the Impact World Championship.
The end of Omega’s infinite search could be a showdown with his friend and former teammate, Kota Ibushi. Ibushi currently holds the two best titles in NJPW, the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships, which Omega also held at one point. That match would be, to paraphrase Gorilla Monsoon, a main event on any stage in the world and would be a fitting way to end the most ambitious crossover in pro wrestling history.
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