Kenny Omega is primarily known for his background in the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), a Japanese federation in which he played between 2010 and 2011 and again between 2013 and 2019, once conquering the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, the IWGP United States Championship and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (with Kōta Ibushi); in the summer of 2016 it also won the main tournament of the federation, the G1 Climax, making it the first and, to date, the only non-Japanese wrestler to have achieved this result.
Omega was named Sports Illustrated's Wrestler of the Year in 2017 and topped Pro Wrestling Illustrated's list of top 500 male wrestlers the following year. He has also attained the latter publication's Match of the Year distinction twice; one of those matches, in which Omega competed against Kazuchika Okada in a two out of three falls match at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall in June 2018, received a seven-star rating from combat sports journalist Dave Meltzer, the highest rating Meltzer has ever awarded a professional wrestling match.
Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Kenny revealed he has a big teaser for his AEW future: "Not everyone who watches AEW is familiar with my work in Japan," said Omega. "I'm not sure everyone knows 'The Best Bout Machine.'
So the question was asked, is the best way to introduce this character by giving him the world right off the bat? Maybe that could have worked. To me, I would rather take more unknown names, guys that don't have that big reputation yet, and show there is something special about them.
I want to be a force to help introduce new stars to the world and magnify the work of those around me. One of the last things I said when I was leaving New Japan after my match with Tanahashi was to Will Ospreay. I told him there is no one with a larger tool box and set of tools than him, and it was just a matter of getting his s--- together and figuring out how to use those tools properly instead of just doing s--- just to show people you can. And to his credit, Will's figured it out."