Star Trek is engrained in the United States pop culture zeitgeist, so much so that you can’t escape it, even if you’re watching IMPACT Wrestling.
Star Trek is everywhere these days. With three shows and two more nearing completion, fans everywhere have had plenty of Trek these days. With Discovery, Picard, and Lower Decks airing on the soon-to-be-name Paramount+, as well as Strange New Worlds in the works and Prodigy being developed for Nickelodeon, it feels like everywhere you turn there’s Star Trek.
Oh, how right you are.
If you’ve ever been channel surfing, you’ve probably seen some form of professional wrestling. It’s pretty popular, and most of you have seen several pro wrestlers in Star Trek properties before. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson guest-starred n Voyager and Paul “Big Show” Wight had a cameo on Enterprise.
Well, now Star Trek is flipping the script and cameoing in pro wrestling.
In the Tweet above, you can see Tony Khan, the founder, and CEO of All Elite Wrestling, sitting ringside at an IMPACT Wrestling event taking notes with former IMPACT Wrestling legend and current AEW trainer Jerry Lynn.
If you look closely at his notepad, however, you’ll notice a familiar logo, the logo of the United Federation of Planets. The Federation is the governing body of Starfleet, which of course is the foundation for just about every Star Trek show there has ever been.
It’s always so common for celebrities, athletes, or whoever to pop up in Trek (Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machines even had a cameo on Voyager) but it’s so rare to see Star Trek make their own cameo. Especially during a storyline featuring IMPACT and AEW co-mingling.
It’s not that surprising that Khan would have that notebook. Most of the AEW talent have some affiliation or deep love affair with something “nerdy”, like Cody Rhodes’ love of Star Wars, or Kenny Omega’s video game enthusiasm. For Khan, it’s apparently Star Trek.