The introduction of the commentary team of Nigel McGuinness and Kevin Kelly on the inaugural episode of "AEW Collision" created a significant buzz in the wrestling world. The seasoned duo won accolades from industry heavyweights, including Eric Bischoff, a notorious critic of Tony Khan's promotion.
However, fans eagerly anticipating more of their dynamic commentary throughout the summer will be disappointed. As per the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Kevin Kelly is slated to be absent from a month's worth of "Collision" recordings.
He's committed to being in Japan for the esteemed G-1 Climax tournament, a significant event in the wrestling calendar, occurring from July 15 through August 13. Kelly is anticipated to reunite with McGuinness post-NJPW tourney, considering his next Japanese obligation isn't until October for the King of Pro Wrestling show.
Kelly Balances NJPW and AEW Duties
Renowned wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer reports that while Kelly will participate in additional NJPW shows in September and the end-of-year tag team tournament, these responsibilities will be carried out remotely.
This flexible arrangement enables Kelly to potentially accompany the AEW crew for his "Collision" commitments. The identity of the announcer stepping into Kelly's shoes during his absence is yet to be disclosed. Speculation suggests that Ian Riccaboni, a regular on both ROH and NJPW circuits, might be a potential candidate.
Riccaboni has showcased his versatility, providing commentary for NJPW Strong shows in the US and anchoring weekly ROH Honor Club events. Meltzer also adds a touch of intrigue, stating that Kelly's future in the AEW announcing team in 2024 remains uncertain, leaving fans and insiders guessing.
Meanwhile, the wrestling action continues unabated. The upcoming "Forbidden Door" episode of "Collision" is set to broadcast from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The headline event for the evening is an anticipated multi-man match featuring CMFTR & Ricky Starks squaring off against Bullet Club Gold & The Gunns.
Despite the commentary shakeup, the show promises to deliver high-octane action, ensuring wrestling enthusiasts won't be left wanting.