Kenny Omega Says He Was Prepared To Face Okada At ROH/NJPW MSG Show

The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling's feature series continues with episode #7 and our guest, Kenny Omega. Omega as well as Don Callis stop by the show to discuss the new TSN documentary titled, "Omega Man: A Wrestling Love Story," which premiered on TSN in Canada on March 27th. This documentary was filmed with the idea of showing what the life of Kenny Omega is really like, spending his time living in Japan as well as chronicling matches in the United States. In addition to details about the documentary, we get a look into the last few months of Kenny Omega and discuss his signing with AEW, what matches may be on the horizon for him, contract details and what is next for the "Best Bout Machine".

Story behind the documentary’s conception:

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"This whole thing came about a year and change ago. I received my first email from the producers and director and they had asked if I would be so kind as to let them into my life and follow me a day in the life of Kenny Omega in Japan. I thought maybe this was going to be a foreigner trying to make it in Japan and I had my reservations about it at first because I have a certain way that I live my life in Japan, the way I prepare for my big matches and I was worried that having a film crew kind of buzzing around me at all times was going to sort of interrupt my zen, so I actually turned them down at first. It wasn't until they responded much later with a very nice email and kind of going into depth as to why they selected me as a topic of discussion, I had seen that there was a lot of passion behind this project and that these people were familiar with my career and were very interested in telling my story. Of course they didn't know at the time what that story would be, they just wanted to see what it was like in Japan and what my career was all about and I suppose in the end it has become the wrestling love story because the sort of reunion with Kota Ibushi was a very big deal for me in the year of 2018 and it was a very storied and a storied event between the two of us that ran the course of over ten years. So to have all that documented in this film is and I don't know because I haven't seen it yet, a pretty cool thing."

Not viewing the finished product before the premiere:

"Truth be told, I'm a shy person and to me for lack of a better term it is a little embarrassing. I feel (I don't know) strange to be the subject of a documentary. I'm used to wrestling camera crews following me, I'm used to wrestling style documentaries being aired on wrestling programs and wrestling streaming services but never a documentary that is a stand-alone documentary from people that don't have experience in wrestling to kind of tell the story from an outsider perspective on wrestling. So, I was kind of scared to watch it and I didn't think I would but now that sort of the preliminary reviews are coming in and generally they are all positive I might sit down and watch it because maybe there is nothing to be embarrassed about."

Did his AEW contract prevent him from facing Okada at G1 Supercard:

"I have zero restrictions on what I do as long as I feel it is in my best creative interests I am open to doing anything. But of course it has got to be a two way street and it takes two to tango and it is about timing. I was fully prepared for the epic showdown at Madison Square Garden and I thought it would have been a very cool match to have Okada / Omega at MSG and not because of the building. A building name or a location doesn't really mean much to me. I have no emotional connection to Madison Square Garden and I know it is regarded as the mecca of Sports Entertainment in terms of a building but I just wanted to have that match on American soil just once. We sort of were able to show a little bit of our chemistry in America in the tag match we had (Myself and Ibushi vs. Okada and Ishii) and it felt good and it felt really fun and timing wise business is business and things didn't work out the way that I had anticipated and we are not going to get it at Madison Square Garden. But that doesn't mean that the story is over and the book is closed. We both are going to be very active in professional wrestling for a number of years I would assume and I think that if there is another opportunity for it and who knows it may be better to just wait it out and get that 5th match somewhere else down the line."

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