Don Callis: “There is nothing left for me to do in New Japan”

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Don Callis was interviewed on David Penzer’s “Sitting Ringside” podcast. The interview was principally in-character but it surely’s price listening to. Listed here are some highlights:

David Penzer introduced up that Tony Khan can put a cease to this with an injunction at any time. Callis was requested if he was apprehensive that he could put an finish to this:  “Tony Khan had me as visitor commentator.  Tony Khan by no means mentioned please don’t get entangled in any match.  He mentioned please come right here and be an honored visitor and commentate for us on our present to assist us.  I don’t know, fairly frankly I haven’t spoken to Tony to know what his response is, however I can inform you this – I gave Tony what nobody near him had ever given him which is an actual tackle the wrestling trade.  As you understand, the enterprise, and I don’t imply this to be disrespectful, are loaded with sure males and workplace stooges.  Guys like that don’t inform the boss what he wants to listen to.  They simply need to maintain him blissful so that they maintain getting a verify.  There may be nothing that Don Callis might have instructed Tony Khan concerning the wrestling enterprise however there was one thing that Don Callis might have proven him.  Tony wanted to undergo that.  If somebody tried to explain it to him, he wouldn’t have believed it.  He believed it when it occurred to him.  I believe Tony is fantastic for the wrestling trade.  I believe Tony is passionate.  I believe he’s performed an excessive amount of good.  I don’t take a look at it that Tony received screwed or something.  I take a look at it that Tony received mentored.  Positive there are issues Tony Khan can most likely train me about analytics or private finance, I don’t know, I wouldn’t take it personally.  I might say, hey, he is aware of extra about that than I do. That’s how I take a look at my stay interplay with Tony.

So, Tony is free to close down no matter meaning.  I don’t know.  I don’t care as a result of you’ll be able to’t rewrite historical past.  You’ll be able to’t take away what Kenny Omega and I’ve performed.  You take a look at what lots of people are speaking about immediately.  You’ve gotten an govt vice chairman of a competing wrestling firm have a World Title change.  You had an govt vice chairman of one other wrestling firm take the AEW World champion to a competing wrestling firm for an look, for a number of appearances.  You now have that interpromotional predominant occasion at Arduous To Kill.  You then received to see The Invisible Hand Don Callis, and simply once you thought you noticed all of it, oh my God, The Band is again collectively.  We’ve received The Good Brothers right here.  You’ve received The Younger Bucks right here.  Persons are saying, my God, Don Callis now controls not simply the AEW Champion, he controls the tag crew champions of each firms.  I don’t like to make use of the phrase management as a result of I don’t consider I’ve management over something, solely myself.  I believe if I had instructed you a 12 months in the past that in a course of three to 4 weeks that each one of this is able to occur, I’m fairly positive you and lots of people would say that’s a fantasy.  That’s as a result of individuals which can be within the wrestling trade that scurry across the ring like ants, like bugs, going from phase to phase, match to match, tweet to tweet are lacking the massive image and so they at all times will.”

Callis was requested if there may be any likelihood The Band will find yourself again in New Japan for appearances:  “I see my enterprise with New Japan as being performed.  Once I went into New Japan in 2017, they have been at one degree.  Once I booked Jericho vs Omega on the Tokyo Dome, their total enterprise mannequin modified.  Their income from that Tokyo Dome present went up exponentially and so they’ve been driving the Don Callis impact ever since.  There may be nothing left for me to do in New Japan as a result of something I might do in New Japan now would pale compared to the sport altering power of nature from what I did three years in the past.”

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