In a interview with PWI Podcast, AEW champion Kenny Omega was asked how he felt AEW wins Wednesday Night Wars over NXT. Omega revealed that he never really felt somehow about the war, and that he generally felt less like AEW was fighting for the day and more the whole week’s wrestling.
“For me, and I’m sure people in my business will read this and hear this, and that’s fine,” Omega said. “It simply came to our notice then. I never felt one way or another against the war, if you can call it that, I would not call it that. I knew we would tell different stories in our business. I knew we would show different types of matches in our company. I can only control what I have a hand in, and that would be my stuff and a number of other things that may or may not be on the show. And I’m sure the Bucks have the same thing.
“Because NXT has moved to Tuesday, I definitely mean well. I just feel like it now, I never had it like a match on Wednesday. I feel like it’s a fight across the board. So much is broken every day during the week. I try to think back to when I was a fan and I thought I was a mega fan when I saw wrestling but did not. And even still, at the height of my fandom, I believe I could not see the amount of wrestling available to us today. Could not do it five, seven days a week. I just could not do it. So for me, the real war is ‘how do you get the eyeballs for your day of the week?’ We are not fighting for Wednesday, I feel like fighting for the week. You know what I mean?”
Omega also talked about how he had friends in NXT, how happy he was to hear when they did well, and how there were so many great wrestlers today that no list could claim to have the best talent.
“The thing is, there are so many great wrestlers doing it,” Omega said. “And there is no roster on the planet that has all the greatest athletes and talent. It does not exist. There will always be one or two guys somewhere else who can fit in and put in a lot of work everywhere. It’s just ‘how are you different enough, or how can you kind of get your eyes on your product by doing something different than anyone else is doing that week?’ And that’s kind of been the name of the game for me. Wednesday night stuff, I love a lot of these NXT guys. Many of them are my friends. I love watching them perform well, I love it when I hear when they have had a good fight or performance. It is well. For example, if I heard the card beforehand and I knew two of the guys, I’m a big fan of Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly. If I knew they were going to have a great match on Tuesday, I would be like ‘hey, maybe this is something worth checking out guys.’ And for me, there are a lot of people that I do not really know. I also like to brush up on the new faces.
“Again, like I said, whether it’s RAW, Smackdown, Impact, Ring of Honor, AEW, NXT, New Japan, AAA, CMLL, Stardom, whatever. There are so many streaming services available at all times. And I think all we can do, as AEW, is what it is we advertise, no matter what it is we are about (matches, special guests), we need to maximize the opportunity to do it to the most entertaining time on the show as possible. We just can not take it for granted, we can not be complacent because we want to stay for a while. We want this company for a while, we want TNT to be happy with us and stay on board. I feel like it’s almost like we’re not, in a way we’re competing against other companies, but I’m trying more just to attract viewers. And the best part is, I’m not trying to steal viewers who see another product. I want brand new viewers who see what we’re doing and say ‘hey it’s pretty funny, or funny, or dramatic or whatever.’ And they tell it to a friend, and then they tell it to a friend, and then we now have these new viewers looking at what we’re doing and enjoying our product. So definitely I am not competing to steal wrestling fans from other companies, for many of them look at everything anyway. I just want these fans to enjoy our product because they are the backbone of all wrestling right now. They kept us all afloat. But there is also a lot that is still a huge importance to me to attract the new fan, people who have not seen anything, and make them fans of AEW. ”
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