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WWE Interested In Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi

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WWE is on a hot streak in terms of big signings as evidenced by the full-time deal they closed with UFC superstar Ronda Rousey, who made an appearance at Sunday’s Royal Rumble event.

Now, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, WWE is turning their attention to two of professional wrestling’s biggest names.

Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi.

Omega’s one-year deals with NJPW provide room for the global phenom to not stay locked down in one place for far too long.

However, there is a thinking that Omega’s run in Japan is coming to an end at some point in the near future.

On the final night of the 2-day New Beginning in Sapporo event, Cody Rhodes attacked Kenny Omega to kickstart a rivalry which has been building for months and signaling a big shift in a prominent storyline.

Omega’s one-time partner, Kota Ibushi, ended up making the save and the two embraced.

WWE is “very interested” in bringing Omega to WWE and have always maintained interested in Ibushi, who was a participant in the Crusierweight Classic tournament, and who turned down a lucrative deal from WWE to head back to Japan.

Omega made some interesting comments after New Beginning in Sapporo, making reference to WWE:

Now, WWE’s interest doesn’t mean that the interest is mutual, negotiations are taking place or any kind of communication has taken place.

But, WWE has it in their plans to attempt to bring both Omega and Ibushi with a “lucrative” offer.

It is likely that nothing will get done until late 2018-early-2019.

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Satoshi Kojima Talks Return, ACL Injury

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Legendary Japanese star Satoshi Kojima made his in-ring return at Blue Justice VIII ‘Road To Destruction’, teaming with Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Manabu Nakanishi as they took on, and defeated, the team of Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Juice Robinson and David Finlay.

Following the match, Kojima took the mic and discussed his first in ring action since suffering an ACL injury back in January.

“These last 8 months, which I missed, were very long and tough for me” Kojima said. “But, at the same time there was joy and happiness too. I learned that there are always good things waiting for you if you keep going. For those who are struggling with issues in life, please watch us, and feel alive. Thank you.”

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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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Flip Gordon Discusses Future with ROH

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Ring Of Honor (ROH) star Flip Gordon has some lofty goals with the promotion, and he discussed them, along with his journey to the Ring of Honor promotion, recently during an interview with Wrestling Epicenter.

“It has been a fun journey. I wanted as much as I could and that is kind of what I did very early on. I started just wrestling in the Northeast.

“I’ve always wanted to travel more, I always wanted to go further, I always wanted to wrestle new people. I think while doing that, I got to get into the ring with a lot of good guys probably before I should have had the chance to be in the ring with them.

“But, I did! I was able to learn at a very fast rate and I think that is what caught Ring of Honor’s attention.”

Gordon has his sights set on Bully Ray.

“Well, I want to get this thing with Bully Ray squashed, get that out of the way. And then, you know, I’ve been with Ring of Honor for over a year now, I have just re-signed, maybe it is time for a TV title run?”

Gordon also discussed New Japan Pro Wrestling and ROH’s Supercard of Honor selling out MSG, a huge milestone for any professional wrestling brand.

“It is just insane! Not just from a wrestling standpoint but from an entertainer’s standpoint! Anybody from basketball to comedy to music to wrestling to theater, they want to perform in Madison Square Garden!

“That is the World’s Most Famous Arena! Like you said, it is the Mecca! That is a dream of mine coming true. I can’t wait! I wish it was April already! (laughs)

“For Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling to put on a co-show, the G1 Supercard, and to sell it out that quick is a testament to how popular wrestling is right now and how much of a variety there is. Wrestling fans want something different.

“You can have a WWE show across town and have a non-WWE show sell out in the same city! There’s such a variety and it is cool to see how much wrestling is thriving right now!”

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