Kenny Omega was the talk of the wrestling world a few months ago. After he was defeated by Kazuchika Okada in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 11, he announced that he would be stepping away from NJPW to reassess his future and the internet went wild.
Fans immediately started talking about the possibility of Kenny Omega making the jump to WWE, and John Cena even fanned the flames by posting several Kenny Omega related pictures on Instagram.
In the end Kenny Omega didn’t make the jump to WWE, as he decided to stay with NJPW. Omega still has big goals and things he wants to accomplish, not just for himself, but for New Japan Pro Wrestling as a whole.
Kenny Omega recently spoke to NJPW’s website about what’s next for his run with the company, and he was asked how he would write the playback for NJPW’s global expansion.
“Ok, here’s the thing…if I’m the champion, then you can challenge the world. Because then you have the one guy that can lead this company to bigger things. If you have someone like Okada holding the belt, then just stay in Tokyo! Because then there’s no appeal out there. There’s no appeal for that anywhere, except your home base.”
“I am the gateway drug. Do you want to take the Okada pill, or do you want to see just how FAR this rabbit hole goes? Then you’ll take the Kenny Omega pill! You enter that…O-Matrix! And then you can see what makes New Japan so special. Because the guy that gets the most out of all of these wrestlers here is me!”
“So you want to talk about me writing the playbook? Look, I’m not trying to be selfish. If I wasn’t the best wrestler, I’d say, “Look, you gotta give it to THIS guy! He’s the leader and I’ll be his warm-up act, that’s fine.” But I’m not an idiot. I know the truth, and the truth is I am the most creative, the best, the man of the hour! Put the belt on me, ‘cause I should be the rightful champion. I can take this company to better things and bring in the big bucks.”
There’s no denying that Kenny is confident, that’s for sure, and considering the fact that he wrestled the first match to ever be dubbed a “six star match” by Dave Meltzer, he must be doing something right.
New Japan Pro Wrestling will be making an effort to broaden their fanbase in the United States in 2017, and if you ask Kenny himself, he’s the man who should be leading the charge.
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