Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer is reporting via his “Wrestling Observer Radio” with Bryan Alvarez on several updates regarding Kenny Omega‘s future, New Japan‘s relationship with ROH and All Elite and what is likely planned for today’s AEW Rally. Below are quotes from the episode (subscription required) (transcription credit should go to @DominicDeAngelo at WrestleZone):
Dave Meltzer on Kenny Omega’s future:
“Nothing will be official there until February 1st and Kenny Omega has not said this specifically, but the tea leaves kind of say it. I think that I’ve kind of heard from WWE that they really wanted him and it’s not gonna happen. So unless something there changes it’s gonna be All Elite and if that’s the case, New Japan really wants Kenny Omega so they may be working with All Elite. I don’t know how it’s all going to come down, but it definitely went down from the idea that ‘they’re not going to be working with All Elite now,’ I mean they may at some point, anything could happen at some point, but for now ‘that wasn’t gonna happen’ to I think it’s got a very good shot of happening, but still there’s a lot barriers. It’s a really complicated issue.”
“New Japan really wants Kenny Omega and they really want Chris Jericho. I know Chris Jericho’s deal expired with the Tokyo Dome, but in the dressing room he challenged Hiroshi Tanahashi, and they do want to do that match this year (Tanahashi and Jericho) and Jericho does want to stay, it’s just a question of getting a new deal done.”
“Everything that was happening last night changed last night again. So, there we are. I’m sure it’s going to be changing a lot.”
On the topic today’s All Elite Wrestling Rally today in Jacksonville:
“All In 2, Double or Nothing, they will make that announcement, I’m almost certain, this has been talked about, it’s likely Las Vegas. Date and that will probably be announced. There’s gonna most likely, if not for sure, be a Starrcast that Conrad Thompson’s gonna run in association and that will probably be announced as well.”
“I don’t think its going to be announced. The last I checked there was no TV deal signed. There are negotiations going on, but I say this a million times, a lot of people have a lot of negotiations. When it’s done it’s done and we’ll see.
It’s far along enough that every one is confident of it, it’s far enough along that the Khan family signed all these guys to big deals. I mean they’re big deals and the key guys, I think The Young Bucks for sure, Cody, not everyone, very few, but those guys are under five-year contracts.
I would be surprised if a TV deal is announced, I don’t think it’s done yet. I think that they’re confident there will be a TV deal in some form, but it’s the television business. We’ll see.”