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The Young Bucks On How AEW And IMPACT Partnership Came About

The main event of this past Wednesday night’s “Winter Is Coming” episode of AEW Dynamite saw Kenny Omega defeat Jon Moxley to become the brand-new AEW World Champion. Omega’s close friend, Pro Wrestling legend Don Callis, who did commentary work for IMPACT Wrestling and NJPW, joined the commentary table to call the Moxley vs. Omega Main Event Match.

Due to Don Callis’ involvement in the match, Omega hit Moxley with a microphone and finished him off with one-winged angel to capture the AEW World Title.

Immediately following the match, Callis grabbed the AEW World Title and helped Kenny Omega out of the arena straight towards a vehicle that was waiting for them, while running past an angry Tony Khan as well as the AEW roster.

Callis then said when he was interviewed by Alex Marvez to tune in Tuesday on AXS TV, which is when IMPACT Wrestling airs. It looks like a partnership was formed between IMPACT Wrestling and AEW as the AEW World Champion Kenny Omega will be on the show this coming Tuesday night with Don Callis.

A partnership between AEW and IMPACT Wrestling has been a dream scenario for pro wrestling fans since the inception of AEW and given the work AEW has already done with the NWA and NJPW, this is something that could be beneficial for both companies in the long run.

In an interview with Jon Alba and Doug McDonald on the Living The Gimmick Podcast, AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) said that this partnership is something the both of them brought up two years ago and wanted it to get going at the time, but for whatever reason, it just didn’t work out. Matt and Nick also said that they are all about collaboration and partnering with everyone and working together as this is what they have always done.

The Bucks also said this is something that they truly wanted to do for a very, very long time and they guess the timing was right and they got it done.

This is what The Young Bucks said:

“Two years ago, this is something Nick and I actually brought up and we wanted to get this going.” “And for whatever reason, it just didn’t work out. I don’t know if that was more on our side or what, but we just couldn’t get everyone to agree on what the creative would be. But when Nick and I were stopping at all the indy shows and popping up at shows, going to AAA and Mexico, that was one of the suggestions we had was what if we show up in Impact?

This is something we’ve been whispering in Tony Khan’s ear for two years. So we’re all about collaboration and partnering with everyone and working together. This is what we’ve always done. Even back when we were with Ring of Honor and we got the Hardys to come in when they were apart of Impact, that was also apart of our plan. So this is something that we truly wanted to do for a very, very long time. And I guess the timing was right and we got done.”

“It’s still so early, I don’t think we, all of us, collectively know what this means.” “I think we’re just dipping our toes in right now and we’re going to see what we can get out of it. But there are immediate plans that I can’t exactly just give away right now.

But my dream, if I had it my way, I just think about the possible dream matches. People are already hitting me up like, ‘Oh my god, can you imagine if it was the Young Bucks and the Motor City Machine Guns 10 years later?’ How can you not jump ahead and fantasize and fantasy book?”

The Young Bucks then talked about there being some big surprises coming and them being really excited about it.

This is what The Young Bucks said:

“Are we going to do that stuff? I’m not sure yet, we’re still in the beginning of this. But there are some big surprises coming and I’m really excited about it.”

The Bucks then talked about what a collaboration with other promotions means and what it can bring in the pro wrestling business.

This is what The Young Bucks said:

“First off, it just makes wrestling interesting.” “And that’s something wrestling hasn’t had in many, many years is getting people interested in the product. This is a way to make things interesting, and if you do it right it can be very good for business.

We’ve done it, like Matt said earlier, it worked well when we’ve done it in the past. Our program with the Hardys… that did massive business for Ring of Honor. It was the best business, at that point, in the company’s history. It worked there, so it can work [here].”

The Young Bucks then talked about how things will be unpredictable when a crossover between wrestling companies happen.

This is what The Young Bucks said:

“I just think it [the crossover] makes things unpredictable when you’re working with companies. That’s what wrestling needs. It gets stuck in the same formula for so long it gets boring. It’s too easy to predict at times and you don’t want that to happen. So when you can make it different and change things up a bit, make it unpredictable, the fans like it more. It’s almost an easy formula when you explain it that way.”

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