Kenny Omega, who hasn’t appeared on AEW television since January 11 due to a visa issue, has been cleared and he will be at Dynamite tomorrow in Dayton, Ohio.
It is not clear what role Omega may or may not have on the show, since he wasn’t advertised ahead of time to be there.
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Omega’s clearance should pave the way for a planned Omega & The Young Bucks AEW Trios title defense against Top Flight & AR Fox, which has been in the planning stages for weeks but AEW was not able to announce the date because of the visa issue.
Omega & The Young Bucks won the Trios titles on that January 11 episode of Dynamite in Los Angeles, defeating Death Triangle (PAC, Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix) in a ladder match. The matchup was the final in the best-of-seven series between The Elite and Death Triangle.
Jim Cornette Praises Kenny Omega
It is a well-known fact within the pro wrestling circle that Jim Cornette is not the biggest fan of Kenny Omega. However, during a recent episode of his Jim Cornette Experience podcast, the legendary manager did have some positive things to say about The Cleaner.
Cornette was discussing the Kenny Omega versus Will Ospreay bout at Wrestle Kingdom 17, and not the surprise of no one, did not hold back while tearing into the match. But to the surprise of many, he praised the new IWGP US Heavyweight Champion.
The former WWE official said that Omega was not his cup of tea, but he could understand his appeal to a certain section of the audience:
“I am going to say some good things about Kenny Olivier [Omega] in this little segment here or at least some positive things. My overall opinion has not changed, but I can see at this point, not only can I see where some segment of the people would like what this guy does over there, but also, I believe I may have psychoanalyzed him based on the production that we saw from the Tokyo Dome. You can see on his face when he gets in and he does the poses, the whole thing, this I think is what he thinks he is and has always wanted to be is a character in a cool video game with a cool outfit where he does the finger pointing and the gesturing. He’s playing a part in his mind and the wrestling was the only thing that he could figure out that he could do in the real actual existing world to be a video game character, so that’s why he became a wrestler.
Cornette added that Omega was better suited to New Japan than to American audiences:
“I can understand in this environment, in this presentation, why you would like Kenny. Because he does treat this more seriously over there, you can tell this is his fantasy. I know this is the big show with the Dome but still, anything I see from him over there, he works harder. I mean, you can’t make that goofy face of his serious throughout the whole match, he’s gonna make some goofy faces and he’s gonna do some stupid little things. But he works harder, he treats it more seriously, he does the acrobatics, but they’ve got a little more snap to them and that’s the thing, his acrobatics are flawless.”
Considering their disdain for each other, this is more than a positive for Omega from one of his biggest detractors.