Many WWE fans were a bit disappointed to hear that Kenny Omega would not be coming to the WWE in 2018. Arguably the hottest in-ring performer outside the largest pro-wrestling promotion in the world, Omega was the most popular free agent and a Royal Rumble appearance would have shocked the WWE Universe. But, Omega re-signed in New Japan for another year and won’t be available to make the jump until January 31, 2019.
But, just because Omega won’t be making the jump, doesn’t mean he didn’t think about working with some of the WWE’s top talent before re-signing for another year. In an interview with Bleacher Report, Omega admitted that he wanted to set up a cross promotion match with New Day.
Omega admitted, “We really wanted to do something with a New Day, who was — at that time — they were sort of the hottest trio in all professional wrestling. And not only that, we were friends with the guys. So, we had really thought it’d be cool to go up and above everyone’s heads and make the appeal that we wanted to make this match happen.”
Omega had always wanted to do something with the group and take advantage of the buzz that would have been WWE stars cross promoting with New Japan/ROH stars. But, because New Day was under contract with the WWE and Omega had been discouraged to try to make a deal with a company that was not often keen on working with the competition, Omega dropped the idea.
Understandably, Omega began to wonder what the point was. He explained, “I’d sort of been discouraged of ever trying to create a cross-promotional match. The New Day angle fell flat on its face. I just sort of thought that from here on in, trying to even challenge WWE guys, if there was no payoff, there’s no reason for it. It would’ve been dumb.”
But, when Chris Jericho became intrigued at the idea of working with Omega and Vince McMahon gave Jericho his blessing, things that at once seemed like an impossibility became a reality. Omega jumped at the chance to work with Jericho and the match became a huge success, making Wrestle Kingdom 12 a massive event, boosting subscriptions to New Japan’s digital service and once again, making Jericho one of the most popular wrestlers in the world.
The question many might be wondering now is, would the WWE consider another working relationship between the WWE and Omega? Would New Day be the group Omega would want to work with? Or, is the fact that New Japan got such a boost from the exchange, would WWE back away from helping their competition again?
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