Kenny Omega has suggested that he's friends with most of the NXT roster but says All Elite Wrestling will be putting real stars on display in what appears to be a thinly-veiled dig at WWE's developmental brand.
NXT debuted on USA Network on Wednesday night and fans seemed pretty impressed with its stars, although the show was split between said channel and WWE Network.
Kenny, though, has taken a shot at the brand, claiming we'll all see a huge difference as AEW won't be presenting any developmental talent.
Speaking exclusively to Sportskeeda, the former NJPW superstar explained that calling the Wednesday night competition a war seems a bit weird to him.
“You can call it a war if you want. It’s like, to me, we’re in a completely different kind of business. I mean what they’re doing is different from what we’re doing. It’s weird, because it’s hard to say you’re going to war with people that I call my friends,” he said. “And yet, we are going to war. And yet, when I sit back and look at the grand picture, I’m going to war with these dudes that, if we were on the same show together, the same promotion…let’s pretend there were no borders.
"Let’s pretend there were no promotions. Let’s just pretend there’s just one big promotion. If these guys were in the same show as me, they’d be in the dark match. They’d be in the opening match of my main event match.”
The 35-year-old added that the sold-out arenas will be enough indication as it relates to the quality of the product AEW will be putting on show.
“You wanna call that a war, you wanna call that competition? Go ahead," he continued. "Maybe it’s fun for you to do. That’s cool. But we’re different planets. And you’re going to see that right away, when you see 10000+ arenas sold out. You’re going to see smiles on fans’ faces. You’re going to see real stars. Not developmental talent but real stars appearing on your television sets, every week.”
Is NXT Really Filled With Developmental Talent, Though?
NXT has always been referred to as WWE's developmental brand but many fans would beg to differ and actually prefer watching the lesser-known wrestlers therein over Raw or SmackDown.
It's going to be interesting to see who comes out on top of whatever this is going to be but AEW could be in for a shock. The same could go for WWE as both NXT and AEW have shown that they deserve to be household names.