Kenny Omega on trying to tell human stories



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Kenny Omega on trying to tell human stories

Kenny Omega is best known for his past in the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), a Japanese federation in which he has fought from 2010 to 2019, once conquering the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, once the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, twice the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, once the IWGP United States Championship, once the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (with Kōta Ibushi) and twice the NEVER Openweight 6-Men Tag Team Championship (with the Young Bucks).

In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, he reflected on trying to tell human stories: “A lot of wrestlers are wrestling fans at heart. I’m not necessarily a fan [of wrestling] anymore. I’m a fan of TV dramas.

I’m a fan of video games, and I’m a fan of movies. I like the way that those forms of media are laid out to attract the fan. That’s my study material for how I put together a storyline or a match. Yes, I’m athletic and I can do cool moves and I try to be original with the way I perform them, but I feel the way that I put things together is different from the average wrestler because the average wrestler is just that: He’s just a wrestler.

He’s a wrestler who wants to be a wrestler. I am wrestling as a job but trying to tell human stories to pull at your heartstrings”.