The year has begun and Wrestle Kingdom is in the books. The world of professional wrestling now looks to the WWE for the next big bang. Last year at Royal Rumble we were treated with the debut of AJ Styles in the WWE just a few weeks after his huge match with Shinsuke Nakamura at Wrestle Kingdom 10. Now both he and Nakamura are a part of the WWE team.
During 2016 New Japan looked to their roster for new stars and found Kenny Omega. Going from the Jr Heavyweight division to ascend to world title contention. Emerging as the current leader of the Bullet Club and even created another tier to the organization called “The Elite” along with the Young Bucks, Omega has taken the wrestling world by storm.
After year where Omega found his way to the IWGP Intercontinental title and being the first non-Japanese wrestler to ever win the G1 Climax tournament he is now the hottest name in the game. Right now, Kenny is taking some time away from Japan and reassessing his future after tearing it down with Okada at Wrestle Kingdom 11. The question is will Omega bring his talents to the WWE?
Right now, Omega is being noncommittal about his future, as he should while his agents are handling the negotiations. As confirmed by Kenny in a Sports Illustrated interview his contract with New Japan ends January 31st. So, will he follow AJ Styles to Stamford, CT and try to have the same kind of breakout year on this side of the Pacific Ocean? He has stated that he doesn’t want to just be a cog in the WWE machine. As successful as other guys have been the WWE in the move to grab as much talent as possible it only stands to reason somebody is going to get lost.
As much as I would like to see Omega on the WWE stage and bring all that personality to the Wrestlemania stage. That being said, I would like to see him continue to help lead the charge in New Japan. As the WWE plans to conquer the world their only real opposition will be New Japan. Omega has emerged as its top heel that can go on to challenge Okada’s reign for years to come. Kenny wants to be special and wants to be a part of a revolution in the business. His best opportunity to change the game is with the resistance not with the empire.
Keith B. Holt
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