Kenny Omega spoke with Sports Illustrated about his return to New Japan wrestling. Omega is slated to have a match with Will Ospreay at WrestleKingdom on January 15th. He will be changing Will for the IWGP US title.
This is what Kenny Omega said, “I’m returning to New Japan as an ambassador of AEW. I’m returning to New Japan as an ambassador of pro wrestling. I’m also returning home. I left to start this new, exciting opportunity, but it’s still home. Now the things Will can do are things I cannot. He’s an athletic phenom. But as finely tuned as he is physically, he still hasn’t doesn’t have the knowledge or experience. I pushed my own physical boundaries in All Japan and DDT, but that’s not what I’m known for. My mind is my greatest asset, not my athleticism.”
Kenny Omega continued, “That’s what’s allowed [Hiroshi] Tanahashi to have such a long and flavorful career. I needed someone to take my place in New Japan, I wanted someone to take my place–and it was Will, Jay [White], and [Kota] Ibushi. Will is the only one to have a problem with that.”
Kenny Omega spent a large part of his career in New Japan. This included his series of matches against Kazuchika Okada. Some consider that match series to be among the absolute greatest set of battles in wrestling history.
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