Kenny Omega Has Been Injured Since FebruaryBy Dairyll John (@Dairyll) | March 24, 2017 3:15 AM PST | News, NJPW
Kenny Omega has been injured since the February 27 Korakuen show according to NJPW. On the Japanese promotion’s English website, they interviewed Omega on his surprising loss at the New Japan Cup, his shoulder injury and his plans upon his return. Some of the highlights are featured below.
On his loss at the New Japan Cup
A lot of people had high hopes for me in the tournament. I was the favorite. Until now I’ve always been the underdog, so it was easy for me to exceed everyone’s expectations. Now this time I’m a damn failure. What do I do? Where do I go from here? Why did I lose? Does CHAOS know something about me? My weakness? How is it that Okada beat me after I gave it my all, and then Ishii as well? It blows my motherfucking mind! So what I need to do is go on a quest, a search for what I am lacking. What is Kenny Omega’s weakness!? That’s what I need to find next!
On the injury he sustained in February
You know, I really wanted to keep that injury secret. I didn’t want to tell anyone about it before the [New Japan Cup] match… I didn’t even want to tell anyone after the match either! Because if I said anything after the match, they’d say I was making excuses. “You’re a sore loser,” they’d say! But I’m not making excuses and I’m not a sore loser. I should be able to beat Ishii no matter what! Do you think Ishii is 100%? No! He’s falling apart day by day, he’s in horrible condition. Look at him! He’s short, fat, out of shape… he’s fucking bald, he gets no action, if you know what I mean (laughs). I could go on. He’s got more problems than I do! So I don’t want to use this shoulder as an excuse.
On NJPW’s plan to expand globally and how he fits in it
Ok, here’s the thing…if I’m the champion, then you can challenge the world. Because then you have the one guy that can lead this company to bigger things. If you have someone like Okada holding the belt, then just stay in Tokyo! Because then there’s no appeal out there. There’s no appeal for that anywhere, except your home base. I am the gateway drug. Do you want to take the Okada pill, or do you want to see just how FAR this rabbit hole goes? Then you’ll take the Kenny Omega pill! You enter that…O-Matrix! And then you can see what makes New Japan so special. Because the guy that gets the most out of all of these wrestlers here is me!
Kenny Omega has served as the leader of the multi-promotional mega faction Bullet Club since January 5, 2016, with the departure of AJ Styles for WWE. In it, he is one third of the sub-group The Elite which is completed by Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks.