New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) star and IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega was recently a guest on WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross’ podcast, The Ross Report, to talk about several professional wrestling topics. “The Cleaner” was first asked about feuds he’s excited to be a part of in NJPW.
Immediately Omega mentioned that he’s “chomping at the bit” to show everyone what he can do with Kota Ibushi inside the ring:
“Sort of the match that everyone is looking forward to, and it’s going to happen because they’ve announced it for the G1 is the match with Ibushi.” Omega explained, “and I’m sort of really chomping at the bit to show everyone what Ibushi is really capable of.
“A lot of people do know what he can do, but I don’t think he has shown it in the newest form of his. I think he’s really ready to take the ball and kind of step into the league of four or five top guys that could headline any show for New Japan.
“And I think this G1 performance is kind of the perfect way to display that he’s one of those individuals. So Ibushi is one of them for sure.”
He also named several other stars that he’d like to work with; such as Naito, ZSJ, Hiromu Takahashi, Will Ospreay, and Rey Mysterio:
“I only ever get to work with Naito once a year,” Omega considered. “I’d love to wrestle him again. Yeah, he’s good for sure. The person I’ve never worked before in a New Japan ring and I’d be happy to get the chance and show the difference of styles is Zack Sabre, Jr., so that’d be another one. Yeah, he’s one of my favorites. Yeah, for sure [ZSJ has it factor].
“And I may be speaking a little premature, but I think of Hiromu as a guy that could possibly graduate from being a junior heavyweight and move onto other things just due to the fact that his charisma is too huge to be contained in just one division. I think he could do more than what he’s doing right now and I think they really need to capture that lightning in the bottle with that rather than keep him chained down so to speak.
“And yeah, for me, original, ‘you can’t see them everyday’ moments are important to me, so I’d say, I’d even like to show what I can do with a guy like Will Ospreay or working with Rey Mysterio, Jr. That’s another guy I’d love to show sort of that style of match. I really think our styles could work well together.”
You can listen to Omega’s interview on The Ross Report by clicking this link here.
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions