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Kenny Omega Talks Making An Alternative to WWE

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While the rumors of Kenny Omega heading to WWE continue to swirl, the global superstar is busy making a professional wrestling product that is an alternative to WWE programming, and seems proud in doing so for fans.

“Fans, wrestlers, and even the general public have been conditioned to believe that there’s an enormous skill gap between WWE and everyone else,” Omega said, during an interview with Sports Illustrated. “A major league and a minor league. It’s either you’re there or you’re just not good enough.

“While it’s true their collection of talent is undeniable, a small group of us have bet on ourselves and on the unique alternative vision we have for pro wrestling. What they can offer in flash, we can offer in substance. While their writers produce TV for a certain demographic, we’re producing stories for fans that want something a little different.”

Following the success of All-In it’s not clear what the next big thing for Omega may be, but one cannot 100% rule out a run in WWE should all the stars align, which may come down to WWE making concessions on how many limitations they would place on Omega in a WWE ring.

 

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Kenny Omega Talks How Wrestling AJ Styles Made Him Continue Wrestling

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The Elite’s Kenny Omega, who is set to become one of the hottest free agents in professional wrestling over the next few months, recently appeared on Chris Jericho’s ‘Talk is Jericho’ podcast and talked about how he almost quit wrestling.

Then, Omega stepped into the ring with A.J. Styles.

“I found that my in-ring performance was suffering because you know there’s an aesthetic look you have to maintain in professional wrestling” Omega stated when describing his mindset back in 2006. “If I’m cutting 20 pounds for a tournament or a fight and then I have to go to the ring I’m going to look like I came out of a dryer and it just didn’t jive. So if I was going to concentrate on one, the other was going to suffer.”

Omega then described how he approached an upcoming match with Styles, the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

“[It was] after that AJ match when I thought, ‘Oh my goodness there’s this guy who’s so much better than me but we have this chemistry together.’ It kind of showed me my true potential and maybe something that I could grasp and something I could achieve that I hadn’t seen yet.”

“It really made me look in the mirror and say to myself: ‘Jeez, even when I do these all-time jiu-jitsu tournaments I’m always going for a finish, I’m always trying to have that exciting match when really you should just be concentrating on getting that gold medal or whatever. So I found that I was actually and entertainer, I was a performer. So I was going to give this wrestling thing one more shot.”

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Don Callis Returning To NJPW Commentary

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Don Callis is commenting on is newly finalized deal with NJPW that will see him return on commentary and the key member of the Impact Wrestling promotion is excited for the opportunity to return to the booth.

“I am going back to New Japan,” Callis said on his “Killin the Town Podcast”. “So, for all the people out there who were claiming I’d been fired and that they didn’t want to use me anymore, that sort of thing. There were some people who said that and had all sorts of reasons for it that they would speculate about. As I said before, I’m busy enough that it’s not that I didn’t notice I wasn’t going back but I hadn’t given it a lot of thought because I’d been so busy.”

Callis announced that he would return on November 17th and 18th for the upcoming shows in Tokyo.

“They reached out to me and we had a discussion, I don’t think I’m telling any tales out of school but they were quite intent on getting me back and I love the company and I love the boys in the back and I like the product. So, once we were able to resolve everything to mutual satisfaction I made a deal to go back.”

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NJPW Announce New Matches For Wrestle Kingdom 13

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New Japan Pro Wrestling is gearing up for Wrestle Kingdom 13, their annual marquee event, and have announced a number of matches to a card that already includes a main event featuring Kenny Omega vs Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Match

Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) (c) vs Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) vs Los Ingoberables de Japon (BUSHI & Shingo Takagi)

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match

KUSHIDA (c) vs Taiji Ishimori

“The Rainmaker” Kuzuchika Okada vs “Switchblade” Jay White

IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match

Chris Jericho (c) vs Tetsuya Naito

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