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Kenny Omega says his time in WWE made his question if pro wrestling was for him

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Kenny Omega may be recognized as one of the best pro wrestlers of this generation, but it could all have been so different if he had not asked for his release from WWE in August 2006. As a rookie working in the promotion’s developmental system, it seems his time there made the former AEW world champion question his passion for pro wrestling.

Speaking to Monthly Puroresu, Kenny Omega discussed his time in Deep South Wrestling, a former WWE developmental territory, revealing what made him question his love for the business. He said

“I never really did think that I had what it took. But the reason I went to the Harley Race camp in Elgin, Missouri was because it was for an opportunity to be implemented into the dojo system of Pro-Wrestling NOAH. In the end, I was selected by Johnny Ace to go to WWE instead. And I thought, “Well, this is a different kind of opportunity, and maybe this is kind of where my destiny is guiding me towards, so I’m not going to ignore it. I did go into the WWE developmental system, Deep South Wrestling at the time, and it wasn’t for me. At that point I had thought maybe wrestling isn’t for me because I was thinking at the highest level, when it becomes more of a business rather than a passion. Maybe it isn’t what made me fall in love with wrestling to begin with.”

For those unaware, Omega was sent to Deep South Wrestling for a tryout in October 2005. He was handed a full-time contract but did not end up staying that long, as he asked for his release less than a year later.

Currently, the AEW star is gearing up to face Will Ospreay for the latter’s IWGP United States Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 17 on January 4.

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