One of the cool things about wrestling today is seeing wrestlers from different companies wrestle regularly. On Friday’s AEW Rampage, they announced a Dream Match with Kenny Omega facing off against El Hijo Del Vikingo.
The match was supposed to happen in December of 2021 for the AAA Mega Championship, Omega had to withdraw and relinquish the title due to needing surgery to repair a shoulder injury. After AAA tried to book the match for the better part of two years, it was Tony Khan that gets the match for the March 22 episode of AEW Dynamite in Kansas City, MO.
This Wednesday, March 22
Wednesday Night #AEWDynamite@TBSNetwork LIVE
Dream Match@KennyOmegamanX vs @vikingo_aaa
In a dream match that was postponed in 2021, Kenny Omega will finally go one-on-one vs the amazing
El Hijo del Vikingo LIVE on TBS this Wednesday! pic.twitter.com/V8ouCwiJGU
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) March 17, 2023
The reaction to the match being booked was, as you can expect, toxic. A ton of discussion about the “lack of build” and “AEW doesn’t tell stories.” All of the bad-faith people come out and attack the promotion. Is there merit in the build being on five days when you call it a dream match? Sure, there is a fair argument to be made. It’s something that could Khan could spend a little more time trying to make a focal centerpiece of Dynamite in a few weeks.
Here’s the thing.
It doesn’t matter.
Not one single bit.
Why doesn’t it matter? Let’s take a look at the biggest arguments against the booking of the match.
Nobody knows who he is!
Listen, if you don’t know who somebody is in today’s day and age of wrestling, let me introduce you to two wonderful tools: Google and YouTube. Just one search on Twitter pulled up a great compilation of some of the cool stuff Vikingo has done in his career.
With the news of Kenny Omega vs. Hijo Del Vikingo this Wednesday. Here’s a bunch of EPIC Highlights of Vikingo! pic.twitter.com/EQrik3ZFFD
— Dark Puroresu Flowsion (@PuroresuFlow) March 17, 2023
If you aren’t willing to seek out something that’s an unknown at this point, that’s on you, man. This isn’t 1990 where main eventing WrestleMania with a random talented luchador against Hulk Hogan wouldn’t sell pay-per-views. The internet exists, and it’s time you learn about the joys of it.
Here are a couple of matches you should watch that are free on YouTube, right now:
We are in 2023 where television is far more important for the day-to-day business of a major American wrestling promotion.
AEW doesn’t tell stories!
This is the biggest bad-faith argument from anyone who doesn’t like the company. We all know that it isn’t true. You could argue that AEW tells too many stories. Nearly every match has some form of story intertwined, and a little more of wrestler A vs. wrestler B. Omega vs. Vikingo is laced with storyline. They told you as such as they announced the match, as Vikingo how holds the AAA Mega Championship that Omega had to relinquish.
THIS WEDNESDAY! A long-awaited dream match will take place between @KennyOmegamanX and @vikingo_aaa during #AEWDynamite! #AEWRampage is on TNT! pic.twitter.com/8aVUtL2JkZ
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) March 18, 2023
We know the poor attacks that those have been using on social media. There is, however, real merit to putting the match on television, and it revolves around the current marketplace.
As referenced earlier, this isn’t the supposed glory days of professional wrestling in the 1990s, where you made most of your money off pay-per-view buys. This is 2023 where television contracts are king. WWE is bringing in nearly $500 million annually for their deals with Fox and NBC Universal to host their content. AEW is sitting on a solid television deal themselves. It’s one of the reasons why so many big matches have been on AEW television throughout its existence, including multiple world title matches and multiple AEW World Title changes.
With that in mind, putting a dream match like this on television could become a major draw for the company. It could theoretically draw viewers from other markets, including those heavy Lucha Libre, because there is a story behind it. These are two of the best wrestlers in the world, and they will have a great match.
In the end, none of these arguments will matter come Thursday morning. Vikingo will do some bonkers stuff like he’s the modern-day 1996 Rey Mysterio Jr that will be shared in GIF form, and the match will be universally praised. We need to be excited that this match is finally happening and the entire US fanbase will be exposed to this tremendous worker that is already the next revolutionary high flyer.
Wrestling rules, enjoy it.
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