By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Kenny Omega responded to the announcement of WWE streaming Evolve’s 10th Anniversary event running opposite AEW Fight For The Fallen on July 13. “If lining your pockets with blood money is okay, then what’s wrong with trying to undermine a charity show for victims of gun violence?” Omega wrote in a since deleted Tweet. “I hear that healthy competition is supposed to be a good thing and yet I can’t help but feel like I’m gonna be sick.”
Omega followed up with a second tweet: “I’ve said my piece and it opened the door to a very toxic environment. It wasn’t a message to fans, or the boys, just the decision makers. I wish everyone wrestling on any show that day all the best. That is all.”
Powell’s POV: If AEW is planning to turn the show into a fundraiser with requests from viewers for charitable donations throughout the show then I can see how this could hurt the charity. If AEW’s plan is simply to donate a percentage of proceeds from the event to charity then that’s a classy move, yet I’m not sure how it hurts the charity. I guess we’ll have to see what they have in mind. The AEW crew are bright guys and I’m sure they know that WWE history suggests they should expect more counter programming from WWE along with other forms of “gamesmanship” now that they are considered competition. As such, I’m surprised to see Omega lash out in this manner, though it will score him and the event some publicity.
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