Kenny Omega Gives AEW Video Game Update
Since its inception in January 2019, All Elite Wrestling has become a dominant force in professional wrestling. Between successful PPVs and a weekly TV series on TNT, AEW has a foothold in the industry, and more is on the way. Aside from the recently released Jazwares action figures, an AEW video game is in the works.
While the prospect of an AEW video game has never been a secret, one of the promotion's executive vice presidents, Kenny Omega has some new information about it. "The status of the video game is that it is currently in development," Omega told GameSpot. "I can't say too much more other than I am working very closely creatively with a team. And every few weeks, they have very exciting new things to show us. And I believe that we're on the right track because I think we have a good team backing us with a lot of very, very good hands that are very capable. And when I can more, I certainly will. And I'm really excited to show the first little bit of footage that we have.
"So it's a little ways away. We're not going to be competing head to head against WWE Battlegrounds anytime soon. But when the game is ready, and when it will release, I think it has a very good chance of standing alone is probably the best wrestling product as a video game that you could probably find on the market. That's the hope anyway."
Currently, Omega and the rest of the company is celebrating another major milestone for AEW--the first wave of AEW Unrivaled action figures produced by Jazwares. Available exclusively in Walmart stores, the first line includes figures of Chris Jericho, Cody, Brandi Rhodes, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson). There is also an AEW Championship Title Belt, a special edition Chris Jericho packaged in a champagne bottle, and an AEW ring with an exclusive Omega figure. The latter two products are available exclusively from Ringside Collectibles.
"It was really cool," Omega said regarding seeing himself as an action figure for the first time. "It was sort of just like another benchmark for us to hit as a company. We never knew while we were discussing the potential of running our own company, where that end goal was and just how far we could go with it. And to get our first TV deal, that was huge, and to run pay-per-view, that was large. Suddenly, we're doing these 3D scans. And now we have these--I'm holding this prototype of an action figure of me. And there are things that just keep happening to us as professional wrestlers that legitimize us as a company and as a real brand. So it was very cool. Very neat. And it's kind of a double whammy for me because I had two action figures. In the end, I had, you know, the single figure, and then they had a special variant for the actual ring. Two reasons to be really excited at that point."
You can find AEW Unrivaled figures at Walmart today and Wave 2 of the series will be arriving this October. Additionally, you can see Omega on AEW Dynamite on TNT which airs Wednesdays at 8 PM/7 CT.
For more on Kenny Omega, make sure to tune into the October 1 episode of GameSpot's wrestling podcast Wrestle Buddies where Omega will discuss a video game rematch against The New Day, who he thinks is an up and comer in AEW, and wrestling blow-up dolls.