Impact Wrestling Nearly Signed Kenny Omega Before AEW Did

Jan 25, 2019 - by James Walsh

As previously reported, former WWE Superstar Chris Jericho revealed he received an offer from Impact Wrestling before he opted to sign a contract with AEW. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter has some more details on that offer, and another offer that was apparently made to former IWGP heavyweight champion Kenny Omega. Per the Observer Newsletter report, Impact Wrestling Co-Executive Vice President Don Callis was said to be very close to signing both Jericho and Omega to contracts before All Elite Wrestling brought their own offers to the talents. Callis also happens to be friends with Jericho, and he was instrumental in helping set up the Jericho vs. Omega program in NJPW.

It’s currently expected that Kenny Omega will sign with AEW after his current NJPW deal expires on January 31. However, his contract signing has not been announced or confirmed with the prospective new promotion.

According to the Observer, before AEW entered the picture, the plan was for Omega to continue working NJPW and work for Impact Wrestling for 30 dates per year. Meanwhile, Jericho was going to work with Impact and continue working with NJPW for another year. This was based on Jericho getting a great deal of input on his creative plans.

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