AEW’s partnership with OWE has hit a snag, as the Chinese promotion admits four of their wrestlers were denied visas for Double or Nothing and they need help.
OWE Vice President Michael Nee told the South China Morning Post that his company tried unsuccessfully to obtain work visas twice for the AEW event. Adding, “We gave them everything we had – invitation letters, documents, we were all prepared but it didn’t happen.”
“Maybe it’s the trade war, or our wrestlers are too young – I think they are afraid our kids will run off the plane and don’t come back,” Nee jokingly added.
The company now has their sights set on getting the proper paperwork before All Out in August.
“That’s something big for us right now,” Nee explained. “If more people know, maybe there’s a better chance to have a visa next time for the big show in Chicago. We are invited, and OWE and AEW are both trying every way we can to get there and we need people to understand this. This is a big thing for China as well. No one else in the world has this platform to show themselves.”
Difficulty obtaining visas from the US Embassy has been rumored to have played a part in PAC’s match against Hangman Adam Page not happening at the event. AEW has yet to give an official reason, but during the post-Double or Nothing press scrum Tony Khan stated lots of things factored into the decision and that PAC is “super professional.”
As for OWE, the company’s VP says they just want the US government to give them a chance. “We just feel so sorry, we are actually really sad and angry that we can’t show our talent to the world,” said OWE’s Michael Nee. “It’s a unique and special opportunity. We want to let people know, to understand this is a good thing for China to export the culture. Please let us come.”