AEW star Kenny Omega is not averse to the idea of AEW and WWE doing a "talent tradeoff" as he believes such an initiative would bring immense joy to existing fans of both companies and also possibly grow the overall wrestling fanbase.
"If, for some reason, WWE came knocking on our door and said, 'hey, we would love to do a talent switch or tradeoff, or work together on something, I'd be all for it,'" said Omega, during his appearance on The Wrestling Observer Radio on Friday.
Omega, who also serves as an EVP for AEW, joked that while he would love such a tradeoff, he's not sure whether AEW Chairman Tony Khan would be equally receptive to the idea.
"Whatever benefits the wrestling fan must always come first," he said. "When you start thinking about fantasy scenarios, if wrestlers crossed over like that, it gets really exciting."
Omega felt a talent exchange could really help grow wrestling's overall popularity.
"I think this is the kind of shot in the arm that wrestling needs," said Omega, a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion. "Will we succeed in attracting more viewers than we already have at the table? We would never know until we tried.
"And even if we are unable to create new fans, it's still a win-win because you're only to going make the current fan happier," added Omega.
Since assuming an office position and also producing AEW matches as an agent, Omega admitted his perspective on how he views professional wrestling has changed drastically.
"I am always thinking about the fan first," he said. "I don't think you're gonna drive any fans away by having a friendly atmosphere and working together."
Omega also spoke in length about the improving relations between AEW and NJPW and the possibility of doing crossover shows with his old company.
"If word of mouth travelled that some really good wrestlers from another country are wrestling on Dynamite, it could really help both companies. End of the day, it's all about satisfying our fans, and that's what we're striving for."
Omega will challenge Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship during a special episode of AEW Dynamite: Winter is Coming on December 2.
The only way I can ever imagine this happening is a talent exchange where WWE needs Moxley/Ambrose back for some special Shield reunion. WWE would probably offer something like Titus O'Neil for Moxley.
I was actually thinking about that recently. I actually think in today's landscape - this is probably plausible. Back in WWE vs WCW days it was way too toxic and way too much hatred to see anything like that happen. Not so today.
If anything - someone like Y2J would be in a great position to help negotiate this - as he still has strong relationship/trust/respect for Vince & others.
But I think the biggest issue with this scenario is simply that - AEW lacks star power, big time.
WWE is so big. Plan a cross-over event to bring a prime NWO, Goldberg or Sting along? Sure - that sounds appealing.
But do so to bring....Omega? WWE's audience doesn't know him. Ambrose? Meh - been there done that, he was practically a mid-carder on his way out. Jericho? Maybe - does he still feel super special for WWE audience these days, especially with all other big names that come and go at times?
I'm not even trying to disrespect AEW - but they simply don't have mega-stars created yet. I say give it another 2-3 years - if they manage to become big enough or have big enough stars - I'd love to see a joint event/invasion angle....something.