It’s not just wrestling fans who remember Kenny Omega on the weekly AEW TV shows. My AEW contacts tell me that you can feel Kenny Omega’s lack of energy and expertise behind the scenes.
That recently changed when Omega, who hasn’t been in the ring since November 2021, started making occasional backstage appearances at AEW shows. He’s not ready to play yet because he’s recovering from an injury, but you can easily feel how great it feels to have him around.
Recently, I was proud to be asked to appear on the amazing Sportskeeda Top stories video podcasts. For no particular reason, the hosts and I started talking about Omega and why fans and journalists appreciate him so much.
In my case, it’s easy to tell you how he rose to the top. I am a fan of the so-called ‘scientific’ or ‘technical’ wrestling matches. These are matches where wrestlers demonstrate their knowledge of wrestling stances and counter maneuvers to make for an excellent professional wrestling competition.
They also try to beat their opponents and create very, very captivating action sequences. For me, Omega is in the class of Ricky Steamboat, Jack Brisco and Dory Funk Jr. Whether it’s a matchup against an international superstar or a budding rookie, Kenny Omega will take them to the ultimate limit. That’s what professional wrestling would look like to me.
Now, let’s read the educational commentary from the three regular hosts of Sportskeeda Top stories podcasts in their own words.
Top Story co-host and producer Jose L. Gonzalez balanced Kenny Omega
Gonzalez noted the growth in the popularity of independent and international wrestling for “some very elite people,“even Omega.
”If you’ve been a wrestling fan for over 30 years, most people know that WWE has been a staple in professional wrestling with larger-than-life figures that influence and entertain millions. people worldwide. Considered the ‘big league’ of Wrestling, any performer who works in the industry will tell you that WWE is the pinnacle of this world. But in the last 6-7 years, there has been a great change in this world. However, the rise of independent and international wrestling has developed an incredible fan base thanks to a group of a few very elite people. “
“One of those elites is Kenny Omega. He has proven time and time again that you can achieve great success outside of the global machine that is WWE. With his legendary feat in NJPW with as the IWGP Heavyweight, helping launch a successful major wrestling promotion in AEW”
“From his matches against Kazuchika Okada in NJPW, to his massive record in AEW, AAA and Impact Wrestling, Kenny Omega is proof that there is an alternative path to global stardom and success. !” Gonzalez concluded.
Top Story host Kevin Kellam looked back at Omega’s NJPW run
Kellam credits Omega for bringing New Japan Pro-Wrestling to “one of the highest marks”, calling the latter one of the most successful foreign stars.
“Omega may have started his wrestling career in North America and now has the biggest number of TV appearances with AEW, but his acclaim on a much higher scale is in New Japan Pro- Wrestling, where he will help take the promotion to one of the highest points in recent memory.”
“NJPW has always been promoted to introduce foreign superstars into prominent roles, but Omega is remarkably one of the most successful foreign superstars in the ‘King of Sports’ league. Winnipeg wunderkind once hosted IWGP Heavyweight, IWGP Jr Heavyweight, IWGP United States, IWGP Intercontinental, and NEVER Open Weight Six Team Champion. Cleaner also ranked to win the 2016 G1 Climax Tournament.”
He also recalled some of Omega’s NJPW matches against the all-time greats:
“Advertising for ‘The Best Bout Machine’ isn’t too far-fetched for Omega when you recall his instant classics with Chris Jericho, Kazuchika Okada, etc. the famous Tokyo Dome featured Omega’s undeniable star power It could be argued that he’s not only a successful Canadian with a Japan-focused promotion, but he’s become one of the biggest attractions of all. its era.”
Top Story co-host Jeremy Bennett met Omega through The Bullet Club
When he started watching NJPW, The Bullet Club quickly caught Benett’s eye. Recalling those days, he compared the side to the iconic nWo.
” Before I started podcasting in 2015, my wrestling fandom was mostly in the WWE bubble and sometimes Impact Wrestling. Once I got into wrestling podcasting, I discovered indie promotions, Ring of Honor and of course, New Japan Pro-Wrestling. One thing that caught my attention was The Bullet Club, and how they do business. It’s the most exciting faction we’ve seen in pro wrestling since nWo. “
“When I started watching clips of what the Bullet Club was primarily doing via YouTube, I noticed one person who stood out from the crowd, Cleaner Kenny Omega. With all the amazing talent in The Bullet Club, Omega caught my eye because he has a unique charm that perhaps only Prince Devitt can match.”
“Then over the years that followed, I came to understand many aspects of Omega thanks to the birth of Being The Elite with The Young Bucks, when it was simply a YouTube show of three boys and friends. It’s great to know he’s a gamer, his unique sense of humor and of course the evil side of kayfabe [see when he ‘murdered’ Adam Cole]. Then, when a 60-minute match against Kazuchika Okada kicked off the main event of Wrestle Kingdoms, I quickly learned that this was one of the purest professional wrestlers on the planet. That belief continues to this day as part of the foundation of AEW as one of its first world champions,” Bennett concluded.
We are all excited at the prospect of Kenny Omega returning to AEW in the near future to continue his great legacy!
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