Kenny Omega Talks Never Being Manufactured, ‘You Can Have Your Best Years Without WWE’


Kenny Omega Talk Never Being Manufactured, ‘You Can Have Your Best Years Without WWE’

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Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso interviewed NJPW IWGP heavyweight champion Kenny Omega ahead of tomorrow evening’s All In event.

Omega touched on hypothetical dream match scenarios in the WWE,

“I realize that there are people that are employed by that promotion that I could have a good match with. There are people within that promotion where, if we had that said match, could generate multiple communities celebrating the performance. That’s what happened when the Bucks and I did the gaming battle with the New Day. If I wrestled one of their top guys, people would watch that match in the anticipation of something great happening. But right now, it’s all, ‘What if?’ fantasy scenarios. It’s going to stay that way until it happens, if it ever happens, because you never know what type of limitations are going to be placed on those matches. If Kenny Omega is allowed to be Kenny Omega, then those matches would be really special. Would I be allowed to be myself, the real Kenny Omega, within that realm? In a way, it’s almost more exciting to think about what it could be rather than see what it would be.”

Omega commented on All In as an alternative option for wrestling fans,

“All In shows there are enough people willing to take a chance on an alternative. It shows that it’s worth putting your heart and soul into that alternative. We’re not looking for a quick path or quick WWE money. Opportunities like All In are great, it’s a tool to find who you are.”

Omega also touched on a new era of wrestling where WWE is no longer the end all be all,

“WWE was always the be-all, end-all, but now it’s changed so much that you can have your best years without WWE. You don’t necessarily have to stress or worry about not having that ‘WrestleMania Moment.’ I used to hear that all the time when I was coming up in DDT. People found a measure of joy by saying, ‘You’ve never walked the ramp on RAW, so who the hell are you?’ I’m hearing a lot less of that. People are realizing that the alternative can be just as good, if not better.”

Omega then asserted his authenticity,

“When people think Kenny Omega, I want people to know I was never manufactured. I don’t have billions of dollars to protect my character or a PR person making presentations on my behalf, but I am authentic.”

Omega is scheduled to square off against Pentagon, Jr. at tomorrow night’s All In event.

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