With the rivalry increasing every day between wrestling promotion, the likes of WWE, All Elite Wrestling (AEW), New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), Ring of Honor are bolstering up their roster by signing every star they can get their hands on, in new contracts. With his current contract running out in February, Kenny Omega is literally the biggest free agent in the wrestling industry and he has been attracting the interest of every wrestling promotion for quite some time now.
It almost seemed that the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion will inevitably be going to join WWE Smackdown or RAW, as Dan Meltzer reported that Vince McMahon’s company had
offered Omega a “fantastic offer”. However come January, rumors have been swirling around that Omega has rejected WWE’s offer, who tried everything they could to sign the wrestling superstar, as Meltzer himself reporting that the deal was off.
Omega’s future destination remains in a cloud of the doubt but WWE rumors have been put
down after it was confirmed that Omega won’t be renewing his contract with the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and will be leaving for a new wrestling promotion. After his defeat to Hiroshi Tanahashi at the Wrestle Kingdom 13, which resulted in Omega losing his IWGP Heavyweight Championship title, Kenny stated via an interview in Tokyo Sports that he would be leaving NJPW after his contract ran out, something which New Japan themselves did not know about until the interview was released. The wrestling firm is yet to officially acknowledge the interview, with only Tanahashi saying that he wasn’t sure about Omega’s future at the NJPW.
According to the latest wrestling news, the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) are the frontrunners to sign the ‘Best Bout Machine’. It’s also being speculated that AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling will indeed come to some sort of working relationship, particularly with regards to Omega, in order to rival the ever-burgeoning reputation of the WWE. With Chris Jericho having signed with the AEW and his potential match with Hiroshi Tanahashi coming soon it would be in New Japan’s interest to work alongside the AEW.
This also puts the future of Kota Ibushi in doubt, who is intrinsically linked with Omega. Already having lost The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, Hangman Page, and possibly Omega along with Ibushi will seriously cripple the roster of New Japan Pro Wrestling. However, both the wrestling promotion are expected to work it out and come to an agreement.
Omega made his first appearance since 4th January, at the Tokyo Sports Awards (for Japanese pro wrestling) ceremony yesterday to accept, along with Kazuchika Okada, the award for Best Bout of 2018 for their two-out-of-three falls match at Dominion. In his acceptance speech, Omega said he did not think he would be able to stand on the stage at this ceremony next year, but he, according to a translation by author and sometimes-NJPW color commentator Chris Carlton, “would be still putting on [Match of the year] performances on a large International platform.”