There are some within AEW who are angry about Executive Vice President Kenny Omega’s recent comments.
We noted on August 24 how there was a mandatory backstage talent gathering at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, before AEW Dynamite was held that night, before the All Out Weekend drama went down. This is the same meeting where it was revealed that Megha Parekh, Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer of AEW, sent a message to WWE officials warning them about contract manipulation. AEW Executive Vice Presidents The Young Bucks and AEW President Tony Khan also spoke at the meeting, and it was noted that Omega and The Bucks made it clear that their doors are always open and can be reached with any concerns. You can click here for our previous report on details of the meeting.
In an update, a new report from the Wrestling Observer notes that Omega’s speech was described as a pep talk and hard love. However, some people were reportedly annoyed by a line Omega said – how he wouldn’t have hired 8 out of 10 people on the roster.
It was noted that Omega said the line absolute, but several versions are circulating. One version is how it was very obvious when Omega said the line that he was comedic, and that he was looking at IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay, and was just messing around with Ospreay. Ospreay was there that night for the United Empire Trios Tournament victory over the current AEW World Trios Champions Death Triangle.
The other version is that some people took the line as Omega seriously, and there are people who are angry about it. However, multiple sources report that the line was “totally misinterpreted” and taken out of context, but others didn’t like it.
Omega also said the overall energy and dressing room at the start of AEW was more positive, perhaps trying to recreate that time and place with the current roster.
Omega, The Bucks, CM Punk and AEW Producer Ace Steel are currently suspended for their roles in the backstage fight at AEW All Out, and it is believed a formal punishment will follow once the third-party investigation is completed. Brandon Cutler, Michael Nakazawa, Head of Talent Relations Christopher Daniels and Vice President Talent Development Pat Buck are no longer suspended for trying to break up the fight.
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