Former WWE and WCW superstar Konnan was a guest on Denise Salcedo’s Instinct Culture podcast recently where he commented on working with current AEW stars such as Pentagon, Fenix, Santana and Ortiz, and how Kenny Omega is being used in AEW.
We have the highlights from the interview below:
On workin with Pentagon, Fenix, Santana and Ortiz: “Yeah, they’re good … Pentagon and Fenix are incredible as people and as wrestlers. You know how popular they are. Santana and Ortiz, you know, whole different then. They’re from New York, Nuyoricans, and seeing them grow was so beautiful too. Getting two guys that nobody knew who they were. Same thing with Pentagon and Fenix. When I first met them, they were so desolate I thought they were like kids from the street or something. And you don’t know if they’re going to be great, good, or how they’re gonna be. But these people that I invested so so much time into ended up being somebody. And that’s very fulfilling to me.”
On how Pentagon and Fenix are being used in AEW: “I think they’re both super-talented, and it’s really weird to me that in AEW I don’t think they’re really being used to the best of their ability. Because whatever they have Pentagon and Fenix doing now… it almost felt like, Okay, we have all these guys. We don’t really have anything for them yet. F**k it, let’s just do something with them all together just to throw them in the ring. And Pentagon and Fenix are on a whole other level, they really are.”
On Santana and Ortiz’s current AEW run: “And the same thing with Santana and Ortiz. I personally, I’m not feeling this thing they are doing with the Best Friends, but other people like it. I don’t. I know they can be used in another capacity. So I would say they haven’t been used to the best of their capacity.”
On how AEW is using Kenny Omega: “But I would say the same thing about Kenny Omega. Because I’ll tell you what: if your a fan, and they tell you ‘Hey, see that guy that’s in AEW that’s supposedly one of the best technical wrestlers in the world.’ He doesn’t really come off like that. Now I am gonna show you a big difference, it doesn’t mean I am smarter or that I am better, nothing like that, I’m just gonna show you the difference. So when Kenny Omega comes to Mexico, he’s the Triple A Champion. So what we do is, we put him up against the best wrestlers in Mexico, whether it’s Dragon Lee who’s incredible … or with Fenix. And we let him go out there [and] tell his story, be a rockstar, do a 30-minute great match with false finishes. And the people react to him and I am not kidding you, like a rockstar.”