Kenny Omega speaks about a plethora of topics including his excitement about AEW and talks about the start-up company's women's division.
The topic of if women should be able to compete for New Japan Pro Wrestling took social media by storm in late December. Many professional wrestling fans and professional wrestlers themselves chimed in on the topic and have shared their respective opinions. On the Fightful Pro Wrestling YouTube channel, we have a twenty-minute video posted about the debate.
The argument comes up that New Japan Pro Wrestling does not incorporate women's wrestling into their product out of respect for STARDOM, Ice Ribbon, Pro Wrestling WAVE, Sendai Girls Pro Wrestling and other Japanese women's wrestling promotions. Former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega shared his thoughts on the conversation during an exclusive interview with Tokyo Sports. Omega, now being a co-Executive Vice President of All Elite Wrestling said that a mistake New Japan has made is thinking women cannot get into the mix and shared that for his CEOxNJPW show in the summer of 2018, he proposed that a women's match be inserted onto the card.
"Of course. What I think that New Japan is lacking these days is that girls can't be part of the game. At the CEOxNJPW event that I participated in last year, I proposed to New Japan to put up a girls match. After all it was refused, because, 'It's New Japan'. It is 2019 now. I think that women and men should be on the same stage, and most of the women who I think are good are in Japan." Omega explained.
Kenny recommended that Aja Kong and Yuka Sakazaki be a part of AEW's 'Double Or Nothing'. Omega shared that he is scouting talents and is in conversations with freelancers and specifically mentioned Pro Wrestling WAVE's Ryo Mizunami.
"For example Ryo Mizunami is a wonderful wrestler." Omega expressed. "I'm not only talking with DDT and OZ (Academy) but also with WAVE and Gatoh Move. I'm also talking to freelancers. I also want to talk to various organizations."
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