Kenny Omega wanted to be at the historic G1 Supercard event in Madison Square Garden during WrestleMania 35 weekend in 2019, but he did not have the final say.
Kenny Omega was a huge part of the western expansion of New Japan Pro-Wrestling along with The Young Bucks and Cody Rhodes.
Before starting AEW with Tony Khan, the AEW EVPs were a huge part of the co-promotion between Ring of Honor and New Japan and when the two promotions announced that they would be going to Madison Square Garden in April 2019, the initial assumption was that all of these major Stars would appear.
Speaking with The Natural Aristocrat, Kenny Omega revealed his desire to appear on the show in spite of already being involved with AEW. In the end, it was not his call to make.
“Oh, we all thought I was going to be there! Even though I’d already been involved with the AEW project at that point and everyone knew my intentions of going there… It was always my hope that I could still be a part of that show. But you know, things happen. It was just a preference that there was no one from AEW to represent on that card,” Omega said. “But I was always ready, willing, and able. I still feel that it’s a shame that it couldn’t have happened because there was nothing on my end that had caused that to happen. But I understand there’s not just a service to the fans but there’s a very unknown business side to everything we do. I’d call about to happen. Whether it be in wrestling or fear of working any kind of job. There’s a hierarchy and there’s stuff that happens behind closed doors that no one ever hears about or talks about. And those decisions were made without my involvement, and it was decided I wouldn’t be on the show.”
He continued, “Again, I still apologize to fans because of that and it is a shame because I would have loved to show people something special from New Japan in one of the world’s most famous arenas.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Kenny discussed his reputation for having matches that exceed the typical five-star rating scale. Learn more at this link.