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On one of the biggest Dynamite episodes of 2020, Impact Wrestling’s Don Callis aided his long-time friend, Kenny Omega in becoming The All Elite Wrestling World Champion, defeating Jon Moxley. So, what does this mean for Impact? For starters, potentially more eyeballs. Regardless of how you feel about AEW or Omega, TNT’s Dynamite and their new World Champion have much more weekly American television viewers than Impact on AXS TV. This collaboration is a boost that Impact should (and I hope plan to) take advantage of, particularly with a well told story and despite us not knowing its details, we can hope and speculate.
Let us take inventory of the story thus far. AEW has publicly acknowledged Callis as an Impact EVP, Tony Khan invited him as a guest commentator for the second time, the heel screw job happened and Callis (and Impact’s Twitter) announced that Omega will appear on Tuesday night. Key to all of this is Callis dubbing himself “The Invisible Hand”, a reference to the influence his behind the scenes positions and connections have on what happens on camera. This important twist was shown in him using their mutual connection to Omega to weasel Khan into vulnerability. To continue this theme, every move they make could strategically benefit them, including Omega being on Impact. Logically, having their top executive as his closest ally would give him reason to treat it as a second home, with no AEW personnel allowed to follow him.
The roster’s key players could be either excited or confrontational about Omega on their turf. This intrigue could be well illustrated among them and Callis could be on commentary scouting more allies and rewarding big opportunities and favours to those who help them. Of course, these would be heels, namely any combination of Sami Callihan, Ace Austin, Madman Fulton, Moose and The North. Some babyfaces could reject the offer, mainly Kenny’s old friends, The Good Brothers. Being Impact’s World Champion, Rich Swann could also play a role. Omega may potentially only appear on Dynamite with Callis and the Impact heels because they’ve been hired by “the only person he can trust” (a shot at The Elite). On a side note, it is very important that all referred backstory in this program is detailed on TV for the audience to know and not left to chance.
The other Impact executives would perhaps be weary, with Scott D’Amore Tommy Dreamer (without comedy) on the phone with Khan to rescue the situation, getting mad at Callis and not buying his plan for Omega to defect with AEW’s Championship. At the close of an Impact episode, tensions could rise so much that Scott and Dreamer allow the one person Callis and Omega would want the least in Impact, Jon Moxley. Amidst the worry, this could immediately cause Callihan to salivate at the thought of tussling with his old friend, but the Winnipeg duo would want everyone on red alert to avoid an ambush. The week after, they would have all their enemies on security watch but while interrogating The Good Brothers, be informed that Moxley is already in the building.
As they spend the night hunting him and finding nothing unconscious bodies, Callihan gets impatient and invites Moxley and whoever let him in to come to the ring in the final segment of the show. He cuts a promo detailing their history, questioning Moxley’s manhood and calling him every name in the book until his music hits. Callihan paces frantically, only for Eddie Edwards to return from his eye injury and after a brief stare down, he points in his direction then from behind, Jon Moxley appears. The heels hit the ring, only for The Good Brothers to even the numbers. As Anderson, Gallows, Eddie and Moxley hold the ring with fear edged on Callis and Omega’s faces, the shows closes. This sets up a four on four tag match at the next big Impact show and, due to Khan’s gratitude to the babyfaces, the conclusion of this chapter transitions into more cross promotional matches and stories, if both parties permit, as part of a greater Impact versus AEW narrative.