These days, it seems as though Don Callis is more concerned about his personal commitments to Kenny Omega rather than his professional commitments to IMPACT Wrestling.
Since December, Don Callis and Kenny Omega have run amok in both IMPACT and All Elite Wrestling. Don likes to call himself “The Invisible Hand,” believing he is the reason, because of his close association with people like Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho, that professional wrestling is experiencing a boom period.
Recently, his appearances on IMPACT have revolved around him acting as the hype man for a wrestler that doesn't even work for the promotion, and on the most recent episode of AEW Dynamite, Callis not only attempted to hype up Kenny in his attempted assault of Rey Fenix but he also seemingly masterminded the infiltration of Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida, allowing Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson to make their AEW debuts and further along the Bullet Club reunions that now spans across two promotions.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, IMPACT executive Scott D'Amore spoke about the recent actions of Don Callis and the possibility that he could defect to AEW altogether. D’Amore said he and Don Callis would always remain friends and he considers Callis an integral part of the growth of IMPACT in recent years, but he doesn't know what Don’s next move will be.
“Everybody is going to speculate, but that’s a good thing. Speculation can lead to buzz. Don has been a huge part of what we’ve done here. We’ve been friends for the past 25 years. In life and in business, people make changes, but I will say that Don has been an integral part of everything we have done at IMPACT. Again, we’ll see what comes next, but Don is executive vice president at IMPACT Wrestling. He’s also the mentor and manager for the AEW world champion, and he’s helped create this crossover and a very special time in the wrestling business.
“Whether Don and I are both at IMPACT Wrestling, or if we’re in different parts of the world or in different industries, there will always be a connection and a friendship. Fans should continue to speculate and enjoy, but don’t let it get in the way of enjoying the ride of some really cool and exciting times.”
AEW New Year's Smash's second night is slated to feature several major matches including Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks in six-man action in a match that Don Callis, who works for IMPACT, not AEW, believes that he booked himself. Learn more at this link.
Kenny Omega will then enter an IMPACT Wrestling ring on Saturday, January 16, 2020, at IMPACT Hard to Kill 2021, as he teams with Gallows and Anderson against Rich Swann and The Motor City Machine Guns. Fightful will have live coverage of that event.