On January 4, Kenny Omega will make his long-awaited comeback to New Japan Pro Wrestling at Wrestle Kingdom at the Tokyo Dome. Omega is no stranger to wrestling at NJPW’s biggest show of the year, having headlined it twice previously.
Although he was unsuccessful in both appearances in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom, Omega was able to achieve the company’s peak – the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Omega ultimately won the big one and held the championship for 209 days in his fourth bout.
It became a famous series of four matches versus Kazuchika Okada. Omega departed NJPW in January 2019 to join AEW with Cody. Former AEW World Champion Omega discussed his NJPW return and his Wrestle Kingdom opponent, Will Ospreay, in an interview with “Sports Illustrated.
“I’m returning to New Japan as an AEW ambassador,” Omega said. “I’m returning to New Japan as a pro wrestling ambassador. I’m also going home. I left to pursue this new and exciting opportunity, yet it remains my home. Will is now capable of doing things that I am not. He’s a gifted athlete. But, as perfectly tuned as he is physically, he lacks knowledge and experience. In All Japan and DDT, I pushed my own physical bounds, but that’s not what I’m known for. My thinking, not my athleticism, is my most valuable attribute.”
Omega went on. “I needed someone to take my position in New Japan, and it was Will, Jay [White], and [Kota] Ibushi,” Omega said. “Will is the only one who has an issue with that.” It would be an interesting way to see where the match and that show goes over.
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