On February 7, 2019 it was announced that Kenny Omega has signed a contract with the newly formed All Elite Wrestling federation; during the Las Vegas press conference to publicize the company's first pay-per-view, Double or Nothing, Kenny was attacked by his old rival and compatriot Chris Jericho, from which he was later defeated at the event in the meeting that it would have decreed the challenger of Adam Page for the assignment of the AEW World Championship.
After the match they were both attacked by Jon Moxley. Speaking with Bleacher Report‘s Jonathan Snowden, Omega explained how he wants to be different with his matches: “A lot of wrestling historians and purists will go to bat and say that [Ric] Flair was the greatest of all time because he was so successful for a period of years.
The same goes for [Kazuchika] Okada, who’s almost the modern-day Ric Flair. They have a very patterned main event style, but it’s very successful. They bring out the best in almost every opponent. I would watch some of the main event performances, and I would say, ‘Well, this is a great match.
Wow.’ You don’t realize until after you’ve seen it 10 times or 12 times, this is actually just a formula they’ve kind of copy-and-pasted. … They see that the reaction is the same every time, so the wrestler says, ‘Oh, OK, this is a formula that works, and regardless of how many times they’ve seen it, it still works.’ I think that’s why the Kenny Omega boom started.
There’s no Kenny Omega copy-and-paste formula. It’s all different. It’s difficult and very mentally draining, and because I do that, maybe it makes me not a true wrestler’s wrestler. What I am trying to do is not attract the wrestler’s wrestling fan; I’m trying to open up the world to what wrestling can be and show there is no limitation to what wrestling can be. I went way outside that box."