Kenny Omega is recognized as the best performer around, having written memorable pages of wrestling history in recent years. The Canadian champion is remembered above all for his past in New Japan Pro Wrestling, the federation in which he played between 2013 and 2019.
During that time, he once held the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, IWGP Intercontinental Championship, IWGP United States Championship and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship alongside Kota Ibushi.
On February 7, 2019, Omega's transfer to All Elite Wrestling, the new company created by Tony Khan and Cody Rhodes, became official. On August 13, during the first episode of 'AEW Rampage', he lost the IMPACT title against Christian Cage.
On the occasion of the 'All Out' pay-per-view, Kenny successfully defended the AEW World Championship by repelling Christian's own assault. During the latest edition of 'Legion of RAW' on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo admitted that he is not a huge fan of Omega and his wrestling style.
Vince Russo slams Kenny Omega
“There is always a big stir when it comes to Kenny Omega. What I blame him for is his inability to attract new fans. Do you think Omega is able to bring new people to wrestling? Absolutely not.
It's like he's a stand-up comedian who always performs in the same comedy club in front of the usual 15 people. His performances are aimed at satisfying only that slice of the audience. He does not contribute in any way to increasing the popularity of this business” - explained Russo.
The latter is not tender with AEW's product: “WWE has a lot of flaws, but there's no denying that the sets are exceptional. I am referring to the screen, the way they light up the arena and much more. The AEW events feel like an independent circuit show to those of the WWE.
I think Tony Khan should start investing more in that sector." On the latest episode of the Talk is Jericho podcast, Jericho was joined by PWI Editor Kevin McElvaney and Senior Writer Al Castle. On the show, Jericho pointed out that Kenny Omega was Champion at multiple brands last year and also had more great matches than Reigns.
"I don't think Roman had as many great matches as Kenny did. Just by proxy of what WWE is and what AEW is and like you said, combine that with what he is doing in Mexico and The Impact stuff. And that’s kind of Kenny’s gimmick.
And Roman might have a little bit more on the character department where Kenny has really pulled that up as well with Don Callis. So to me, I think you picked it right. Kenny is number one and I think Roman is number two," said Chris Jericho.