Don Callis talks Bullet Club reunion on AEW Dynamite, Hard to Kill, Kenny Omega Vs Kota Ibushi, WWE ‘open for business’ and more
Don Callis and Kenny Omega are at the centre of a wrestling revolution right now with promotions working together on a national televised scale in a way we haven’t seen in a long time, if ever.
The pair are heading into a showdown with IMPACT World champion Rich Swann and the Motor City Machine Guns at IMPACT’s Hard to Kill on January 16 and they have IMPACT Tag Team champions Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson for company.
The crossover of companies and old Bullet Club memories have gotten hardcore fans in hysterics and that excitement hit top gear when The Young Bucks aligned with Omega and the Good Brothers to close Dynamite this week – complete with the ‘too sweet’ symbol.
Ahead of Hard to Kill, talkSPORT caught up with The Invisible Hand to discuss the buzz he and Omega continue to generate among other things.
On the Bullet Club reunion at the end of AEW Dynamite…
“Gallows and Anderson are the IMPACT Tag Team champions and they’re a tremendous team. It seems like people, for some reason, continue to be amazed by what Don Callis and Kenny Omega put together on a week-to-week basis. You thought it was over with Winter is Coming when Kenny and I took the world title from Jon Moxley.
“Then when we showed up on IMPACT Wrestling and subsequent appearances that we now have an inter-promotional match where Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers face Rich Swann and a legendary tag team in their own right, the Motor City Machine Guns, on an IMPACT pay-per-view. It’s huge.
“Then, in one night, we not only beat Rey Fenix in what a lot of people are saying is an early Match of the Year contender, but we also rolled out the Good Brothers on AEW programming – another good lesson for Tony Khan to always keep his mind open to the opportunities that exist outside his bubble – and then The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega’s best friends, the AEW Tag Team champions.
“Who thought that group that could be put back together? Well there’s only one person that could do it, that’s me and Kenny Omega. It made Kenny happy to be back with the Bucks, so that makes me happy.”
On Kenny Omega possibly becoming the IMPACT champion and dream matches…
“You could go through the whole Hard to Kill card and talk about killer matches. It’s a great, great card. But the main event is what everyone is talking about and rightly so. We’ve got Rich Swann who is a great, great world champion standing across the ring from Kenny Omega, another great – the greatest – world champion. That doesn’t happen in the wrestling business.
“I think many wrestling fans think very small about belts and dream matches. It’s hard for me to comment only because Kenny and I don’t think at that level. It’s not an arrogant thing. Let’s say you have. science experiment and you have an ant farm in your lab.
“You have one of those clear plastic boxes with the dirt in it and the ants live in there. As far as the ants know, they’re outdoors. So you as the scientist look down and you see those ants scurrying around doing what ants do while they’re still totally oblivious to what happens in the human world and they are actually not capable of even contemplating driving a car or taking an airplane or solving an mathematical equation – because they’re ants.
“They’re very limited in their world view. It’s very much like the wrestling industry for Kenny Omega. There’s a lot of people scurrying around chasing ratings and belts, but Kenny and I are thinking at a level that escapes the. When I say Kenny Omega is a god among insects, that’s what I’m talking about.”
On possible Kota Ibushi Vs Kenny Omega champ vs champ…
“Kota was a good friend of Kenny’s at one point. We included Kota in the Kenny Omega documentary when we put that together which is something not a lot of people know.
“I think Kota Ibushi a great wrestler. Kenny Omega is still the best wrestler in the world and number two isn’t close. Whether it’s Rich Swann or Kota Ibushi, you’re getting in the ring with Kenny Omega, a generational, once in a lifetime performer.
“What makes Kenny great isn’t just the athleticism, it’s his next level thinking. Kota Ibushi thinks in the IWGP bubble. It’s all he knows and all he’s ever known. In order for Kota Ibushi to truly evolve into the Kota Ibushi he can be, he Kota needs to get on an airplane and he needs to come from Japan and defend that title around the world like Kenny Omega does.
“The problem with Kota Ibushi has never been a lack of ability, it’s been a lack of imagination. But Kota is very much like the wrestling fans we spoke about, he has a limited world view.
“And while he has been a great friend of Kenny’s in the past, the reality is, sometimes as we move through our lives we have to shed friends like we shed dead skin cells. What once worked in a friendship or relationship no longer works for us, so we move on.
“A lot of people would love to see Kenny and Kota Ibushi reunite, but that’s very small-minded thinking and it is what it is – people get excited about their dream matches.
On WWE being ‘open for business’ in terms of collaborating…
“I haven’t given that or them a thought in many, many years. Look, I’m sure that the insects in the science experiment if you dump cold water into their little pile of dirt they’re existing in.
“You’re right when you say there has been shock at what Kenny and I have done and so of course, when you dump cold water, the insects take notice. So I’m sure that’s happened there, but all around the industry.
On Chris Jericho possibly uniting with he and Omega through their Winnipeg bond…
“I don’t work with Chris Jericho, Chris Jericho is my friend for 30 years. I don’t confine my relationship with Chris Jericho to wrestling or a business one. Chris Jericho is a revolutionary just like Kenny Omega and Don Callis. Chris Jericho may well be the greatest all-around performer of all-time.
“I don’t think about Chris as a working relationship, but a lifelong friendship that will continue.”
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