AEW: Don Callis on Reason for Omega Attack, Kota Ibushi on Konosuke Takeshita Heel Turn, DoN 2023 News

Don Callis Comments on Kenny Omega’s Friendship with the Young Bucks Being Reason for His Betrayal

This past Sunday’s Buy-In Pre-show for AEW’s Double or Nothing 2023 event in Las Vegas, Nevada featured a backstage interview segment with Jim Ross and Don Callis.

On the topic of his reason for his recent betrayal of Kenny Omega, Callis stated:

“Kenny Omega chose his friends over his family. The Young Bucks, and apparently now Hangman Page. I never wanted the association with the Young Bucks. I have nothing against those kids. It’s well known they are nice kids. The problem is, they drag Kenny down. You have one guy who is Albert Einstein and you have another couple of guys who just want to have fun. I brought them into The Elite when I came here because I thought, ‘Kenny can’t work all the time. He needs something that makes him happy other than me.’ The problem is, the Bucks are like wood ticks. They attach themselves and it’s like an infection and all of a sudden, Kenny wants to do trios matches. I had a vision for Kenny Omega that we’d be a modern day (Bobby) Heenan and (Nick) Bockwinkel. Kenny chose to be one of the three stooges with the Young Bucks.”

Callis also gave his thoughts on why he attacked Omega as part of his betrayal of The Elite for the Blackpool Combat Club.

“Sometimes, toxic relationships require extreme measures. If I had slapped Kenny in the face, he would have still come back to me and tried to leech off my intellect and trigger me with emotional words. I had to do something, for his own good, and for the good of our family. I had to do something that there was no coming back from.

People don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. Having Kenny Omega as, like my son, is like imagine you have a child and he has the intellect of Albert Einstein, but he chooses to work at a convenience store. That’s what Kenny chooses to do with his talent every minute he spends with the Young Bucks. Every minute they are infecting his head with their blather, the stuff that doesn’t matter. Kenny Omega was a God of professional wrestling. I named him that. What we’re going to find out is that, that God is very fallible. If there was a God in our tandem, we’re going to find out that it wasn’t Kenny, maybe it was me all along,” said Callis.

It’s going to be proven, a few months from now, that I was responsible for everything that Kenny Omega ever accomplished and that without me, Kenny Omega will be exposed as just a clown who wants to hang out with his friends and have a good time. He’ll always make money in wrestling, but they’ll never be great without me. I have done the hardest thing that a parent, that a family member can do. My ‘son’ Kenny Omega was like a cancer eating away at me. What do you do with cancer? You cut it out. Kenny, I haven’t even started cutting.”

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Kota Ibsuhi Comments on Konosuke Takeshita Joining BCC & Takeshita Being an Imitation of Him

This past Sunday’s AEW Double or Nothing 2023 event in Las Vegas featured Blackpool Combat Club defeating The Elite in an Anarchy in the Arena match. This match was notable for Konosuke Takeshita making a surprise appearance and attacking Kenny Omega to help give BCC a big victory over the Elite.

Dark Puroresu Flowsion held a recent interview with Kota Ibushi. One of the topics discussed included Ibushi’s thoughts on Takeshita’s recent actions and joining the Blackpool Combat Club.

“I never thought he was that great. He is a made imitation of me. Also, he never respected me.”

These comments were made in character and as a potential tease of Ibushi joining AEW in the future due to Ibushi had stated in an interview this past February that he and Takeshita are actually close friends.

AEW Double or Nothing 2023 News & Notes

PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that his sources stated that there were no major injuries suffered by any of the talent who had competed at this past Sunday’s Double or Nothing 2023 event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Johnson reported that the only injuries were stated to be some minor cuts, bumps, and bruises.

In regards to MJF stating that he had suffered a forearm injury during this past Sunday’s post-show media scrum, PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that his sources stated that the current belief by AEW officials is that MJF only suffered some bruises and no broken bones. AEW officials reportedly currently do not expect MJF to be out of action for the company.

Jamie Hayter reportedly received a lot of praise backstage for working through her injury issues for her AEW Women’s World Championship match between herself and Toni Storm at the event.

Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that the reason why the AEW Women’s title match was very short in length was due to AEW officials had made this decision once it became clear that Hayter would not be able to have a long match due to her injury situation. AEW officials reportedly currently have plans for Hayter to remain as a top level star for their Women’s division once she returns from injury.

The crowd at this past Sunday’s event reportedly were still filing in large numbers into the venue as late as during the AEW Women’s World Championship match, according to PWInsider.

Venue security reportedly tossed out several fans in the crowd from this past Sunday’s event due to unruly behavior issues, according to PWInsider.

Monday’s episode of Being The Elite featured the Elite’s reaction to the fallout of their Anarchy in the Arena match against Blackpool Combat Club at Double or Nothing 2023.

Sammy Guevara recently released a new vlog on his official website about his and Tay Melo’s baby announcement at this past Sunday’s Double or Nothing 2023 event.

The year long period that Jeff Hardy missed for in-ring action reportedly was the longest such period of Hardy’s in-ring career, according to Fightful Select.