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Kevin Nash is well aware of the post-All Out brawl in the AEW locker room and he has some thoughts. Nash is no stranger to locker room incidents. He had an encounter with Roddy Piper once, and he went after The Nasty Boys with a bat after he felt the team took liberties with Scott Hall during a match in their WCW days.

The most recent real-life pro wrestling brawl on a major scale occurred after CM Punk took aim at AEW’s Executive Vice Presidents and others. This led to a fight in the locker room involving Punk, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Ace Steel.

During an edition of the “Kliq This” podcast, Nash shared the moment he thinks the situation escalated and wasn’t just for show anymore.

“The fact is that it came to blows,” Nash said. “So, when it comes to blows now it’s not a work anymore. I’m not letting you punch me in the fucking face, for the sake of fake wrestling? Are you fucking kidding me? Fuck that. Let me tell one of the guys in the back, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna fucking waffle ya.'”

Nash made sure to point out what Steel allegedly did to Omega.

“The one guy, [Ace] Steel bit fucking Omega,” Nash said. “It was a fucking fight. A chair got thrown.”

As far as whether or not AEW Owner Tony Khan should turn this into an angle, Nash brought up an interesting point.

“I look at it as, in my cunning brain, how convenient that the guy that you’re gonna maybe toss out of your company or maybe wants to leave has your world title. How does that make you feel? You got put over, now you got the bargaining chip, and now you go into business for yourself.”

Khan vacated the AEW World Championship held by the Punk and the AEW World Trios Titles held by Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks following the altercation after All Out.

Booker T is shaking his head at the conclusion to the AEW World Trios Championship tournament. “It don’t look good at all,” Booker T said on his “Hall of Fame” podcast. He doesn’t think it was a smart move by All Elite Wrestling Executive Vice Presidents Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks. “I mean these guys beat everybody. No one can beat ’em. It’s almost ridiculous in a sense. They’re EVPS and then create a division and then be the first ones to win it. Like you said I mean, what are we doing here?” 

Booker doesn’t think the EVPs putting themselves over is appropriate. “‘Let’s give ourselves a bonus. Let’s give ourselves a raise. We’re EVPs we can do whatever we want to do.’ And if I was in that position,” Booker mused, “I wonder what I would do. I get it. I understand. But the question was should they have had those titles from the beginning? And I told you. What did I say from the beginning?”

Booker’s co-host reminded him that he did not predict calm waters when AEW was first announced with The Elite as EVPs. “This is not going to end well, I know how the boys are.” Booker explained that things can get really ugly when people have that kind of power and said that AEW’s Tony Khan has made “a huge mistake,” much in the way frequent AEW critic Eric Bischoff had. “I’m sure he would say it, and one of those mistakes was making friends with the boys,” Booker added.

“Tony Khan being a young guy relatively, those guys can connect with each other from a friendship perspective,” Booker went on. “I just don’t think that friendship and business — when you’re in an authority position like Tony Khan — that can never really happen. At least not with everybody.” 

Khan’s relationship with the AEW locker room has come into question after Khan sat alongside former AEW Champion CM Punk as he eviscerated the EVPs of the company. The rant led to a violent confrontation in the locker room at All Out, which then led to the World Title and the World Trios Titles being vacated, as well as the EVPs suspended from their own company and scrubbed from the opening video package.

“Sometimes you get caught up,” Booker assured. “Sometimes it’s not about anybody but you.” Booker noted that he runs a small promotion, Reality of Wrestling, and that he’s always said he doesn’t want to be a part of his own show, preferring to approach his promotion “from a distance.” ROW has been active since 2006, and has seen Booker in active ring action three times in the past three years, often in tag matches or singles matches that heavily feature young wrestlers, as ROW also has a training program.

“I understand that it’s not about me. It’s about my young guys and if I can give them a rub.” Booker attributes the short-sighted nature of Omega & The Bucks’ management to youth, but warns again that power can make messes. “Man, it can be chaos.”

The war of words between Kenny Omega and Will Ospreay isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Omega and Ospreay have taken shots back and forth on social media and it has finally led to them sharing the ring under the AEW banner.

Omega has argued that Ospreay took over for him as the foreign “Ace” of NJPW, but has failed to make the same impact for the promotion that he did. During an interview for Sports Illustrated, Omega suggested that Ospreay may not be as good as he thinks he is.

“Will has this false sense of self,” Omega said. “That’s reinforced partly by some people in the wrestling media, like Dave Meltzer, who I believe overrates his matches just a little. I can take blame for that—I broke the [ratings] scale.”

Omega went on to claim that since he “broke the scale,” star ratings have been all over the place. He thinks that nowadays, it’s hard to actually determine what’s a good match and what isn’t.

On top of that, Omega feels that Ospreay is obsessed with how his matches are judged by the media due to his immaturity.

“For Will to put so much stock into that is a sign of his age, his experience and his maturity level,” Omega said. “If he focused more on where he needs to evolve and grow, he’d come closer to becoming what he wants to be in wrestling. Essentially, that’s me. He’s just not close enough yet. And I’m still here.”

Omega teamed up with The Young Bucks to take on Ospreay and Aussie Open on the August 31 episode of “AEW Dynamite.” Omega and The Young Bucks won the match but when the cameras stopped rolling, Ospreay and Aussie Open attacked them from behind.

All Elite Wrestling crowned a new World Heavyweight Champion at “All Out” in Chicago, with CM Punk becoming the second two-time champion in company history after defeating Jon Moxley in the show’s main event. However, the title was not the most talked about thing coming out of the pay-per-view, nor was the long-awaited return of MJF after the match.

All anyone is talking about is what Punk had to say during the “AEW All Out” post-show media scrum, where he verbally attacked “Hangman” Page, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Scott Colton aka Colt Cabana. Punk detailed his level of disdain for something The Elite allegedly said during an episode of “Being The Elite,” suggesting the reason he’s been getting such mixed reactions is because of their constant campaign to defend Cabana on their show.

“If you’re an EVP, you don’t try to middle your top babyface, trying to get your niche audience that’s on the internet to hate him for some made-up bullshit rumor,” Punk said. “Really pisses me off, stepping on your own dick trying to make money, sell tickets and fill arenas and these stupid guys think they are in Reseda [reference to PWG].”

Not only did Punk bury the group for comments they made in the past toward him, but “The Best in the World” also heavily criticized Page for comments he made during an interview he had at GalaxyCon, in which he stated that he doesn’t “take advice.”

“We have a locker room full of pretty brilliant minds, Jerry Lynn, Dean Malenko, Mark Henry,” Punk said. “When I came back [from the foot injury] and cut my second promo here, I thought it was pretty decent. Blurred the lines a little bit, crazy Phil, he’s going into business for himself, and really I was just defending myself. You mix that in with attacking Moxley and you mention Kingston being the second-best Kingston which is a pretty great line.

“Our locker room, for all the wisdom and brilliance it has, isn’t worth shit when you have an empty-headed idiot who’s never done anything in the business and does public interviews and says, ‘Nah, I don’t really take advice.’ Who the fuck do you think you are? Yanno? That’s stupid. I’m on a team with Barry Bonds, Mark Maguire, and Sammy Sosa and I don’t need to work on my swing, I’m not going to listen to these guys when they tell me how to swing a baseball. Fucking go fuck yourself. That’s how I feel about it. I dare you to say that to Terry Funk’s face. Fucking grow up.”

Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks defeated Dark Order (John Silver & Alex Reynolds) and “Hangman” Adam Page at AEW All Out to become the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions.

The match ended after Page accidentally hit John Silver with the Buckshot Lariat instead of Omega. Omega rolled Silver up and won the match for The Elite.

All Out is Omega’s first AEW pay-per-view since he lost the AEW World Championship to Page at Full Gear in November 2021. After the title match, Omega was out due to numerous injuries until the August 17 episode of “AEW Dynamite.” In his AEW return, he was revealed as the tag team partner for Matt and Nick Jackson in the tournament to crown the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions.

The Elite made it to the finals of the Trios Title Tournament with a victory over Will Ospreay and Aussie Open (Mark Davis and Kyle Fletcher) on the August 31 episode of “Dynamite,” while Page and Dark Order qualified after defeating Orange Cassidy and Best Friends during the September 2 episode of “AEW Rampage.”

The AEW World Trios Titles were first announced during the July 27 edition of “Dynamite.” The brackets were revealed during the Quake by the Lake episode of “Dynamite.” The other tag teams that were part of the tournament were Death Triangle, Dark Order, Best Friends, the team of Andrade El Idolo, Rush and Dragon Lee, The House of Black, and Trustbusters.

Big Sexy approves of the Best Bout Machine.

Kevin Nash took to Twitter to respond to All Elite Wrestling’s official account. AEW was highlighting Kenny Omega’s entrance on this week’s episode of “AEW Dynamite,” and the former WCW Champion took to Twitter to declare Omega “my new favorite wrestler.”

Kevin Nash and Kenny Omega have a common enemy, Will Ospreay. Nash recently took a shot at Ospreay, and his numerous 5-star matches, asking, “How’s his merchandise sales?”

Ospreay fired back asking if the oft-injured Nash “tore his quad tweeting that?”

On Wednesday, before facing Ospreay’s United Empire, Omega had AEW ring announcer Justin Roberts run down Omega’s many critical and financial successes, much to the delight of the WWE Hall of Famer Nash.

Not only was Omega able to flaunt his success in Ospreay’s face during the entrance, but also beat Ospreay’s team to advance to the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament final. Ospreay got a modicum of revenge against Omega and The Young Bucks, attacking the victorious trio in bitter fashion after “Dynamite” went off the air.

Never a slouch in the merchandise game, Kevin Nash recently entered into the world of legal cannabis, partnering with HYMAN Cannabis to create a strain called “Jack Knife Powerbomb” named for Nash’s finishing maneuver. The strain was set to release in Michigan dispensaries on September 2. Nash is not keeping his opinions to himself, as he’s been active in the podcasting world, joining Conrad Thompson’s AdFreeShows network of shows with “Kliq This.”

Kenny Omega made his hotly-anticipated AEW return on last night’s Dynamite, teaming with Elite stablemates The Young Bucks to fell La Faccion Ingobernable in the first round of the ongoing Trios World Championship Tournament.

If it wasn’t beforehand, that Omega would be the Bucks’ mystery partner was made abundantly clear on this week’s Being The Elite, which closed on a short snippet of the former World Champion’s entrance theme. So it transpired, with Omega walking out to a great reception following a typically lengthy Justin Roberts introduction.

Omega was victorious in his first AEW appearance since November 2021, picking up the pinfall on Dragon Lee to secure The Elite’s second-round passage in the tournament.

Much of the match revolved around leveraging very real health concerns into pro wrestling drama. With vertigo, knee and shoulder issues, a sports hernia, and more on his injury list, necessitating his extended time away from the ring, Omega wrestled in a back rashguard with a shoulder brace over the top, sold his knee, and kept some of his more explosive moves in the chamber. That he wasn’t operating close to 100% registered as a performance – and a smart one.

Kenny had taken time away from AEW after losing the World Championship to ‘Hangman’ Adam Page at Full Gear 2021. ‘Hangman’ will surely now factor into the ongoing Elite saga, with his Dark Order friends on the opposite side of the tournament bracket.

With many wrestling fans eager to see the return to action of Kenny Omega, it looks as if we won’t have to wait too much longer to see the Best Bout Machine back on AEW programming.

Speaking on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer stated how Omega’s return is “definitely soon”.

Meltzer brought this up while initially addressing Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly’s current injury status. While Kenny’s return seems on the immediate horizon, there was a less positive update on Cole and O’Reilly. For the (now former?) Undisputed Elite men, the Wrestling Observer founder said he was unsure when they would be fully cleared to compete again.

Of course, Cole and O’Reilly did partake in limited physicality on last week’s AEW Dynamite, where they – along with Bobby Fish – laid out the Young Bucks. Here’s hoping that, like Omega, it won’t be too long before the duo are back in action.

From what Meltzer said, he seems to be extremely confident that Kenny Omega will be back on AEW TV in time to do something at the upcoming All Out PPV on Sunday 4 September.

All Out 2022 has likely been targeted for a trio of huge All Elite Wrestling comebacks.

Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that while it’s still too early to tell whether or not he’ll make it, Kenny Omega hopes to be back for the 4 September pay-per-view. This is also the targeted return date for AEW World Champion CM Punk – and likely Bryan Danielson as well.

All three are currently sidelined with injuries. Kenny has been gone the longest, having announced in November 2021 that he was taking time away from wrestling to undergo treatment on a number of health issues he had been working through for an untold period of time. Vertigo, a sports hernia, and shoulder issues were amongst his ailments.

Punk, meanwhile, is believed to have broken a bone in his foot shortly after defeating ‘Hangman’ Adam Page to become World Champion at Double Or Nothing 2022. Danielson has been absent since pulling out of June’s Forbidden Door pay-per-view, where he was scheduled to face Zack Sabre Jr.

Whether or not any of these wrestlers will be back in time for All Out 2022 remains to be seen. 4 September is the target for each, though.

When Kenny Omega will be cleared to return to All Elite Wrestling remains a mystery, with Dave Meltzer reporting in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that “everyone is silent” about the situation, including Kenny himself.

This was stated as part of a write-up on AAA intending to book Omega vs. El Hijo del Vikingo for the company’s Mega Championship as an upcoming main event. This bout had been rumoured prior to Kenny taking time away from wrestling in November 2021, which resulted in him relinquishing the Mega Championship following a 223-day reign.

The 38-year-old’s break was to undergo multiple surgeries on and recover from myriad health issues, including shoulder and knee problems, vertigo, a hernia, and possibly more. Spring 2022 was initially pinpointed as a potential return window. When it became clear that this was too optimistic, things got cloudy, with the former AEW World Champion’s recovery seemingly more difficult than originally expected.

Meltzer reported in late May that Omega has resigned himself to never being 100% physically again. The Canadian is now hoping that this current recovery period will help prolong his run as an effective professional wrestler, easing the damage done to his body over the past few years at the same time.

All the best to Omega as he continues to recover.