On July 13rd at Fight for the Fallen, Kenny Omega defeated Cima. On August 31st, Omega had to face Jon Moxley at All Out, but due to injury of the latter, the match was canceled and instead of Moxley, Omega faced PAC but was defeated by TKO.
On November 9th at Full Gear, Omega faced Jon Moxley in an Unsanctioned match, but was defeated. In a long interview with Bleacher Report‘s Jonathan Snowden, Kenny discussed wanting innovate his own style: “I felt if I could innovate my own style, that maybe I could reach a new fanbase and even expand the pro wrestling horizon.
I started small, and I started kind of testing the waters at DDT. We had crowds of 200 or 250. But by the time I had really taken off, DDT sold out Budokan [one of the biggest venues for wrestling in Tokyo]. I didn’t really know what I was doing aside from doing things I thought would be entertaining to my friends and family.
But it was working. I had comrades and allies that shared the same goals as me. Ibushi and Michael Nakazawa, among others. There was a small group of us, and as I traveled the world, I would meet these people, and they would have the same ideas, the same visions, the same goals, just wanting something more."