Kenny Omega recently spoke with SportsKeeda about various topics. Omega and Kazuchika Okada put on a fantastic match five months ago in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 11 at the Tokyo Dome. The match was rated “six stars” by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. It was recently announced that Omega and Okada would wrestle each other for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the Dominion event on June 11th at Osaka-Jo Hall. Omega was asked about their match earlier this year and the positive feedback.
“I’m always performing to satisfy fans or to fulfill my duties in my designated spot on the card. Had Dave given my match a 1-star rating, I wouldn’t have sweat it because the response as a whole was overwhelmingly positive. It is great, however, that the match was a critical success. Dave has seen more than his fair share of wrestling, and his opinion is one of the most respected in our community. To receive honors like that from a man whose job is to watch and rate wrestling is really cool. As for bickering… well, fans will be fans, and some take too much pride in their favorites being left out of the discussion. But again, what matters most is whether you are having fun and enjoying the show.”
NJPW will be holding their G1 Special events in Los Angeles on July 1st and 2nd. These events will mark NJPW’s first ever self-produced tour dates in the United States. There has been talk of NJPW running some qualifying matches for American wrestlers at those shows, who would then compete in the annual G1 Climax tournament, which starts on July 27th in Japan. Omega expects the NJPW roster to make a good impression.
“I think the aim should be to make a great first impression and to introduce ourselves to a new market with a kick ass show. I suppose a failure would be if everyone on the roster had a bad night and we all dropped the ball? Can’t see it happening, to be honest.”
Omega also talked about The Bullet Club, Hulk Hogan, and more. You can read the entire interview here.