There's nothing wrong with the diverse resume, according to Kenny Omega.
Kenny Omega came into the forefront of a lot of minds of wrestling fans following his match against Kazuchika Okada in 2017 at Wrestle Kingdom. The match was so critically acclaimed it was given six stars by Dave Meltzer and set a new standard for what a specific quality of wrestling matches can be.
Because of that standard, Kenny Omega, currently competing in AEW’s tag team division, feels he has a lot of pressure to live up to. Speaking with The Natural Aristocrat, Omega openly discussed not wanting to be stale and feeling that wrestling is subjective and wanting to please a diverse audience.
"Yeah, I mean it's a double-edged sword really because when you set that standard, that precedent that you can have a six-star match," Omega began. "For some people, there's an expectation that, 'Oh, if I see Kenny Omega, this is what I expect and hope to see!' There's a lot of variables that go into making a 6-star match. Now, I've had I think four or five matches that have went over 6-stars. I've had more than that go over 5 stars, but I never feel the pressure to have to deliver what one critic deems over a 5-star match.
He continued, "What I'm trying to do is just diversify my resume, I never want to have to give what in one person's mind is a 6-star match. That 6-star match to him isn't necessarily what I think is a 6-star match. It isn't necessarily what my neighbor that was beside me thinks is a 6-star match. It's not what little Jimmy who lives across the world and generally likes watching Sailor Moon, maybe he doesn't consider that a 6-star match. I'm trying to always have performances that can appeal to all sorts of different people, from all walks of life. I think as long as there is somebody in the world, that looks at one of my performances and considers it time not wasted. Or one of the best things that they've seen, I feel like my job is complete. So, yes there's pressure to always give a performance that I think merits somebody's interest and high praise. But it doesn't necessarily have to be that one person's praise."
Kenny Omega is not only just a wrestler now but an executive vice-president and is one of the men largely responsible for the women's division of AEW. You can see the growing brand every Wednesday on the TNT Network.