More than two years after Don Callis helped Kenny Omega unseat Jon Moxley as All Elite Wrestling (AEW) World Champion at AEW: Dynamite- Winter is Coming 2020, “The Invisible Hand” once again tipped the scales in a match between the archrivals.
During the closing moments of Omega and Moxley’s excellent steel cage encounter on the May 10 episode of Dynamite, Callis seemingly saved his longtime friend from the same fate that “Hangman” Adam Page and Konosuke Takeshita suffered in the weeks prior, snatching the screwdriver out of Moxley’s hand and opening the door for Omega to end the proceedings with the One Winged Angel.
Indeed, Omega hit his finishing move on Moxley, but before “The Best Bout Machine” could score another pin over his nemesis, Callis stabbed him in the face with the screwdriver, allowing Moxley to get the win. After the match, Callis threatened to jab Omega again before discarding the weapon and essentially kissing him goodbye.
(Extra kudos to AEW for booking Callis to turn on Omega during the pin on Moxley instead of mid-One Winged Angel, as it eliminated any ambiguity as to whether Omega would’ve won.)
Now that Don Callis has turned on Kenny Omega, where will this story go?
As Bryan Danielson’s remark that Callis “could only handle so much disappointment” hinted at, this betrayal didn’t materialize out of thin air. You could argue that AEW planted the seeds for this as far back as Omega’s feud with Christian Cage in 2021.
Throughout that conflict over the AEW and Impact World Championships, Callis (and others) alluded to taking Cage under his wing during “The Instant Classic’s” formative wrestling years before dumping him in favor of Omega.
That anecdote told fans everything they needed to know about Callis’ character; he’s a man willing to abandon world championship-level talent when he sees the slightest bit of wear and tear on the gravy train or if a newer, sleeker model comes along.
Of course, Omega is far from washed in a legitimate or kayfabe sense, but between the numerous injuries that sidelined him for over eight months and not immediately pursuing the AEW World Title upon his return, perhaps Callis wanted to move on before that time came. It would explain why he’s been courting Takeshita and why he’s tried to separate Omega from Page and The Young Bucks.
We’ll know for sure when Callis explains his actions on the May 17 Dynamite. He almost certainly won’t join the Blackpool Combat Club — it wouldn’t make much sense for him to align with men who gashed his head open — but maybe he’ll convince Takeshita or some other top wrestler to join him in his quest to mess with Omega and The Elite.
Speaking of, Callis severing ties with Omega could lead to a few tumultuous weeks, if Omega saying “If I can’t trust my family, who can I trust?” is any indication. Eventually, though, this will lead to (at least) Page returning to mend fences with Omega so the Elite can take on the BCC at full strength.
For now, they are left to pick up the pieces after a man who was, supposedly, as close to them as family literally screwed Omega over, adding another layer to AEW’s hottest storyline.