‘The Cleaner’ Kenny Omega has arguably been one of the hottest wrestlers in 2017 with no signs of slowing down. On January 4th, 2018, the leader of the Bullet Club is set to face Chris Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom 12 from the Tokyo Dome. Ever since A.J. Styles, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and Shinsuke Nakamura made their exodus from New Japan Pro Wrestling to the WWE it created an opportunity for Omega’s star to shine.
When speaking with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard, Omega talked about the former NJPW Champion and how he thinks Nakamura’s tenure thus far has been going. Here’s what Omega had to say:
“I’m happy for the response that he’s getting, of course, and all of us in New Japan knew when he left that he was going to get over with his charisma,” said Omega. “But when I see Nakamura in WWE, it’s hard for me to say he’s done anything compelling in-ring since he’s been there, which is a shame. It will just take the one right story and the one right moment and then people will be captivated by everything that he does. Right now, he hasn’t had that.”
While Omega isn’t wrong about Nakamura, we have yet to really see him in a worthwhile feud. Many fans have complained that ever since moving up to the main roster from NXT that Nakamura has been misused by management. Omega also talks about his upcoming bout with Chris Jericho. He feels that this match will envoke emotions wrestling fans have yet to see.
“I really want this match to be a wake-up call to New Japan and WWE,” said Omega. “This match is going to open up a lot of eyes, and it’s going to invoke a feeling you’ve never felt when watching a wrestling match. It’s a clash of unique worlds, and the match we’re going to show with aggression, violence, and disdain is going to evoke a new kind of emotion from people watching.”
Chris Jericho is also used to stealing shows at big events. Anyone remember Wrestlemania XIX where Jericho had a classic bout with the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels? Look for both Jericho and Omega to go out there and prove a point to the wrestling world.
Wrestle Kingdom 12 is January 4th, 2018 at the Tokyo Dome.
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