OWE and AEW have already proven a fruitful relationship.
OWE star CIMA has appeared on the first several All Elite Wrestling shows, and Oriental Wrestling Entertainment's Toronto efforts on August 7 & 10 will feature several AEW stars. With OWE looking to establish themselves, many wondered how their company was able to land such a high profile partnership. Company VP Michael Nee opened up to Fightful during an exclusive interview, and clarified that Christopher Daniels had a major part in it.
"A year ago we went to a show in Australia to work with a local promoter. We met Chris Daniels at the time, but at the time we did not know anything about AEW. Everything’s still confidential. And James Snelgrove kept sending our footage of what we did in China to show those people around the world, including to AEW talents and Executive VPs and stuff. Of course we have CIMA, our head coach. So that’s how they figured out this was going to be something cool and they tell Chris Daniels, “hey, this supposed to be awesome.” Daniels says, “hey, I know CIMA.” and that’s how we hooked in very first place," Nee told me.
All Elite Wrestling has shown a willingness to work with other companies, with their AAA relationship on full display. While OWE isn't as well known yet as AAA, Nee tells us that All Elite Wrestling has treated them well, from talent, all the way up the chain.
"We went to AEW’s press conference back in February. After I came back from Vegas back to China we kept talking via emails and also because of the Vice President of AEW -- Chris Harrington. This guy is like the best guy. He really moved everything forward. So we hav visas applying and make decisions, SCU was coming for the week during the first week of May. So that was great, because SCU came to our school to see our kids and gave all them a lot of advice and lessons. Why? Because those kids, they've never seen superstars ever in their lives Of course, CIMA’s a big superstar in Asia. SCU gave everything they could gave to our kids, showed them everything, and also a lot of techniques from the wrestling skills.. They (the kids) have fears, they have doubts. But, this is how business goes. If you insist, you keep doing everything, carry yourself as the best you can, there will be a future for you. And the last two days, we took SCU and the kids to a field trip to [Old Town China, old China Town], stuff like that. So that was a great, great experience, a great, great opportunity for us to be friends with AEW. That’s amazing trip," Nee said.
SCU members Christopher Daniels, Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian's trip to OWE's training facility was covered on Being The Elite's Youtube channel, which you can check out above. The trio are also advertised for OWE's debut shows in Toronto on August 7th and 10th, along with fellow All Elite Wrestling members The Dark Order on the 10th.
OWE Toronto takes place the afternoons of Wednesday, August 7th, and Saturday, August 10th at the Midtown Event Theatre at 3 PM EST. You can purchase tickets for the 10th at this link. You can save 30% off of tickets for the both shows by using the code "FlyingPrince." Fightful will have coverage of the event.