In case you missed it, the forbidden doors have recently been open; IMPACT Wrestling and AEW are under a working agreement with one another. Don Callis appearing on AEW TV was the first piece of the puzzle when it came to collaborating between promotions.
Now that we have seen Kenny Omega on IMPACT Wrestling TV, and both promotions have brought one another up, what will happen next?
The dream match possibilities between both companies are endless. Will Impact and AEW be able to work together to get these bouts to happen? Here are just a few matches that could be created, ones that will be a true formula for success.
Kenny Omega vs. Rich Swann
After leaving WWE, Rich Swann has been able to prove that he can carry a world title with dignity. He has put on several solid matches against good opponents. What Swann needs, however, is someone to elevate him so all eyes can truly be on him.
Enter Kenny Omega.
This was teased when Kenny appeared on the record-setting episode of IMPACT not that long ago. Swann wasn’t appreciative of Omega getting all the attention. “The Cleaner” also said he was looking to become “The Collector”, something Austin Aries did while with IMPACT. A simple way to determine what the best brand is could be via champion vs. champion. That would further establish the relationship between AEW and IMPACT Wrestling.
Even if Kenny wins, it could be a huge rub for Swann, especially in front of a wide audience of both AEW and IMPACT fans.
Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Hybrid2
You could argue that MCMG v. The Young Bucks is the “ideal match”, but it has been done before. Yes, Matt and Nick Jackson can prove they can beat Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley post-Generation Me, but what about trying something different? Enter the next charismatic team in AEW: The Hybrid2.
If you haven’t seen any of Angelico and Jack Evans’ work in Lucha Underground, stop what you’re doing and try and go through the archives. These two are tremendous workers, and Evans is always willing to lay it all on the line for a match. Whether they are contenders or heels you love to hate, Angelico and Evans have made things fun in AEW. Just think back to their clash with Matt and Nick.
Recently returning to IMPACT, Sabin and Shelley have been on a mission. They have fought against and elevated the young teams and know how to innovate when necessary. Sabin getting some recognition on AEW TV would truly be a great moment for him. Even in 2020, fans love them some Motor City.
Jon Moxley vs. Sami Callihan
First of all, think of the promo wars these two will have. Second, think of the violence.
Callihan has proven to be someone willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Some have called his tactics vile, while others praise him. If he wants someone to match his style, Jon Moxley is the perfect person to do so.
When he was AEW Champion, Jon Moxley was untouchable. He was able to put on great performances against a who’s who of opponents night after night. Against giants, he was able to be tactical and against smaller opponents, he knew what needed to get done. Moxley’s style would work well with Callihan, not to mention both know how to emote very well.
Whether it is a match with weapons or just a lot of tension, a bout between Moxley and Callihan would blow the roof off any building.
Deonna Purrazzo vs. Hikaru Shida
Another classic champion vs. champion match.
While she never ended up joining AEW, Deonna Purrazzo in an AEW ring would result in her being one of the only stars to appear for all the major promotions in wrestling in just a short period of time. Purrazzo has managed to break free and become a true star in IMPACT Wrestling, holding onto gold while proving what she can do in the ring when given the time.
Every single time she is in the ring, Hikaru Shida continues to impress. Holding the AEW Women’s Championship for over 200 days, Shida is a true fan-favorite. She had a classic bout against Thunder Rosa and is game for any challenger in her path. Would her arm, however, be able to survive against Purrazzo?
Chris Bey vs. Sammy Guevara
Two of the youngest and cockiest high flyers in pro wrestling today… in the ring together… need I say more?
Former X Division Champion Chris Bey had a true breakout year while with IMPACT Wrestling. He could interact with anyone and would always be the main attraction. While he hasn’t won a title with AEW yet, Sammy Guevara has all the skills to be a true breakout star with the company. Always innovating, “The Spanish God” is due to have a successful singles run in AEW.
The utilization of social media, whether it’s BTE or Sammy’s YouTube channel, could easily build up a feud between the two. Once they get in the ring, they’ll be able to handle all the rest.