Kenny Omega was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated as a part of their “Extra Mustard” series. He discussed a number of topics, including his match with Pentagon at the recent All In pay-per-view, comparing WWE to NJPW and more.
Below are some highlights from the interview:
On Pentagon following their match at All In:
“Pentagon not only has the untrainable ‘It’ factor, but also the rare ability to adapt and succeed wherever he competes,” said Omega, who is now back in Japan preparing for the next New Japan tour and and an upcoming IWGP Heavyweight Championship defense against Tomohiro Ishii in Hirsohima on September 15. “He has a unique charisma about him that fans connect with and regardless of where he competes or what style is prominent, he seamlessly blends in—yet stands apart from everyone else on the card.”
On WWE vs NJPW:
“Fans, wrestlers, and even the general public have been conditioned to believe that there’s an enormous skill gap between WWE and everyone else,” explained Omega. “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.”
On professional wrestling as a whole:
“There’s no right or wrong answer as a fan or a wrestler,” said Omega. “Like one, like the other, like both, or even like none.
“The journey for the ‘Being The Elite’ cast continues and we will still grind and put in the work to create the alternative that we believe has a place in the wrestling world.”
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