By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Oriental Wrestling Experience vice president Michael Nee told the South China Morning Post that four of the promotion’s wrestlers were unable to appear at AEW Double Or Nothing due to work visa issues. “There were four of our talented Chinese wrestlers invited to Double or Nothing, but they couldn’t get visas because of the embassy,” Nee said. “We gave them everything we had – invitation letters, documents, we were all prepared but it didn’t happen. We tried twice.”
Nee noted that he hopes the issue will be resolved in time for the AEW All Out event that will be held on August 31 in Chicago. “That’s something big for us right now,” said Nee. “If more people know, maybe there’s a better chance to have a visa next time for the big show in Chicago. We are invited, and OWE and AEW are both trying every way we can to get there and we need people to understand this. This is a big thing for China as well. No one else in the world has this platform to show themselves.” Read the full story at SCMP.com.
Powell’s POV: There has also been speculation that PAC also had a work visa issue that prevented him from appearing at Double Or Nothing. The company has not officially commented as to whether that was the case, but one report suggests that his absence from the show was due to “creative issues” with him being asked to lose a match despite holding the Open the Dream Gate Championship. PAC was originally advertised for the AEW Fyter Fest event on June 29, but he has been pulled from the lineup. Nee went on to say that his company needs help and they want people to know about the visa issues because “we want to go in August.”
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