Don Callis Says He’s Just Like Vince McMahon, Name-drops Him on AEW Dynamite

Published 08/26/2021, 12:54 AM EDT
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – FEBRUARY 16: Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)


The name-dropping game between AEW and WWE is getting intense and better with each passing week. Last week on AEW Rampage took some brutal shots at WWE upon his debut in AEW, and Becky Lynch then used the same catchphrase on SummerSlam that Punk used in his debut. This week it was the first time when Vince McMahon was used inside an AEW ring.

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On last night’s AEW Dynamite in a segment between Omega and Christian Cage, ‘The Cleaner’ Kenny Omega’s heel manager, Don Callis name drops WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and other wrestling promoters in front of the live audience.

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Don Callis considers himself better than Vince McMahon and others

AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, Don Callis, Brandon Cutler, and Michael Nakazawa joined the ring with IMPACT Wrestling Champion Christian Cage ahead of their match at AEW All Out.

Christian Cage has a bitter memory of Don Callis because Callis allegedly left Christian in his early wrestling days, and last night Callis gave his reasoning for it.

Callis takes away the mic and says they are going to take down Christian Cage once and for all. He confessed he ditched Christian and ended up taking a very young Omega under his wing since he was family.

Further in his promo, Callis said that he is the greatest wrestling promoter in the whole wide world and no one can ever question his decisions. He then names some promoters and named McMahon in the process.

“That makes me just like Bill Watts, Eddie Graham, Vince McMahon, and Verne Gagne,” Callis said.

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Bill Watts was a promoter of Universal Wrestling Federation in the Mid-South US Territory, EVP of WCW (JCP), and briefly also a booker for WWF.

Verne Gagne was a promoter of the American Wrestling Association (AWA), and Eddie Graham – Promoter of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.

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This segment took everyone by shock because it was the first time that Vince McMahon’s name popped in Tony Khan’s company and the audience was just taken aback.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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