WWE/NJPW News: Kenny Omega leaving New Japan, Teases signing with WWE
What's the story?
Following the main-event of New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 13 on Friday, the pro wrestling rumor mill was in overdrive regarding Kenny Omega's potential departure from Japan's top promotion. Omega has now confirmed his departure from New Japan, which still comes as a bit of a surprise, and the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion also teased his next move.
In case you didn't know...
Kenny Omega defended the IWGP Heavyweight title against seasoned veteran, Hiroshi Tanahashi, at Wrestle Kingdom 13. After an incredible match, Omega fell short of retaining his title. He was pinned by Tanahashi following his trademark High-Fly Flow frog splash.
Tanahashi won his 8th IWGP Heavyweight Championship and with Omega now leaving, will be the face of New Japan Pro Wrestling heading into 2019 and the next step of NJPW's global expansion.
The heart of the matter
After losing his title against Tanahashi, Kenny Omega was interviewed by Tokyo Sports and he confirmed his departure from New Japan:
“There is no place right now and it is better not to be in New Japan. New Japan has become the era of Tanahashi. Of course Tanahashi is superior. So, someday I would like for there to be a rematch, but for now it is better not to stay in the ring for a while, it’s not just New Japan, I'm thinking of a little rest and adopting a different strategy.”
Kenny also discussed his future in pro wrestling and teased signing with the WWE and All Elite Wrestling:
“If I go to WWE, the fans there will be pleased, and the fans there will be pleased if I go to AEW as well. I want to be in a place where Kenny is going to be happy. I am not there, I will be gone, but as the contract with the new day pro remains until the end of the month, I do not know what will happen myself.”
We will have to wait and see what Omega decides to do next but WWE fans will hope that he signs with the company and takes part in the Royal Rumble.