Are you ready for Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho at All Elite Wrestling’s Double or Nothing?
Kenny Omega’s decision to join All Elite Wrestling didn’t exactly come as a surprise to many pro wrestling fans. Omega had reportedly turned down a sizable offer from WWE and when that news broke, it became obvious that the former IWGP champion was likely rejoining his Elite teammates.
But his announcement at the February 7 Double or Nothing rally was exciting nonetheless. The new Executive Vice President reminded fans of his mission to change the world and now that mission will resume in AEW. Of course the most important moment that came from Kenny’s promo was the appearance of Chris Jericho.
From the moment that he was announced as AEW’s first major main event signing, it was clear that Jericho was the company’s first top guy. Cody Rhodes is one of the company’s founders and he will certainly be an active wrestler. But Jericho is such a legendary name that it was hard for fans to imagine that he would play second fiddle to anyone.
Chris made it clear on his Talk is Jericho podcast that he was taking his new role very seriously. He didn’t sound like a man that was content with just being part of the team. He sounded like a man that was honored to be at the forefront.
It was definitely smart business on AEW’s part. Jericho has name recognition, not only in pro wrestling but in pop culture as well. Chris has become a crossover star, in TV, music and Hollywood. He’s got the respect of his peers and he has the business acumen to realize just how important he is to this brand new company.
But now that Kenny Omega is onboard, everything has fundamentally changed. Jericho is no longer the Alpha Male of AEW. He now has to make room for the man that defeated him during their first run together. But that’s the point.
Chris has every reason to be angry and that rage will manifest itself over the coming months. He was supposed to be the top dog in All Elite Wrestling and now he has to share the spotlight. It’s the perfect scenario for AEW and one that should generate some very entertaining moments.
This rivalry is at the heart of what AEW is as a company. On one side is the veteran, the man that has worked 29 years to establish himself as a legendary figure in the business. Jericho represents tradition, history and respect. He is the bridge between today’s generation and yesterday’s generation of fans.
Kenny Omega is the new face of pro wrestling. He is the modern day legend, the man that is building his Hall of Fame career one match at a time. He represents hope, ambition and passion. Omega is the one that makes today’s pro wrestling fans care about the business once again.
Both men have their differences, but they definitely have their similarities as well. They are opposite sides of the same coin and it’s that dynamic that makes them the perfect opponents for each other.
The rematch didn’t have to happen and it was obvious that it wouldn’t happen in New Japan. But now that they’re back on the same roster once again, it’s only a matter of time until AEW makes it official. This match is just too good to pass up and it could very well be that Cody and The Young Bucks were well aware of what Kenny’s decision would be long before the Double or Nothing Rally.
Signing Jericho was a great move for all of the obvious reasons. But understanding that he would be positioned as the cornerstone helps fans understand why signing Omega was equally as important.
Every top star needs a top opponent, someone to push the envelope and cause both men to step up their games. This is precisely what Jericho does for Omega. When the time is right, they will make magic in the ring once again. But will that eventual rematch involve a championship?
AEW is positioning Hangman Page and Pac in the lead main event spots and that’s understandable. Both stars are the future of the company. But does that mean their imminent rivalry will include the freshly minted AEW World Heavyweight Championship?
Or will that prize be decided between Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho? It seems like another perfect bit of booking, especially because Jericho and Omega are AEW’s top marquee names. If the company decides to book them for the gold, it could be the best way to kick off the company when the time comes.
That moment could come as soon as May 25, when Double or Nothing takes place in Las Vegas. Both men would certainly deliver in the ring, thus getting AEW off to a great start. But despite what happens, the facf is that Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho are indeed reigniting their rivalry at the right time and in the right company. The remainder of 2019 should be very interesting indeed.