Amidst rumors about his future, Kenny Omega said he’s taking ‘time away’ from New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
In an interview with Tokyo Sports over
According to a translation from NJPW announcer Chris Charlton, Omega said, “There is no real place for me to fit, so it’s best for me not to be in (NJPW). I can’t be there working under Tanahashi. I don’t think he’s surpassed me, don’t think he’s better. If we can, I want to face him again. But I need time away, and not just from New Japan.”
In regards to his future, Omega said that he could go to WWE or All Elite Wrestling, the upstart promotion being launched by
“If I go to WWE, the fans there will be pleased, and the fans there will be pleased if I go to AEW,” Omega said. “I want to be in a place where Kenny is going to be happy.”
His departure comes as most of The Elite is parting ways with NJPW to start All Elite Wrestling. Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and Hangman Page all lost their respective matches at
Dave Meltzer reported last Friday on Wrestling Observer Radio
With All Elite Wrestling being announced last week, Meltzer noted that Omega is a “wildcard” since NJPW wants to re-sign him and AEW wants him as well.
Omega’s future should be resolved soon.
“As far as Omega goes, on 1/9, he signed his new contract so it is official he’s with New Japan through January 31, 2019, so he won’t be in the Royal Rumble this year (or next year), or WrestleMania, which no doubt won’t keep people from speculating on his role in those shows daily,” Meltzer wrote.