Kenny Omega has revealed he narrowly avoided in-ring retirement in 2015, not long before he assumed control of Bullet Club after turning on AJ Styles.
In an interview with Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, Omega was asked if he’d considered retiring from in-ring competition in the near future after Cody Rhodes’ recently discussed his post-wrestling political aspirations.
The Best Bout Machine responded by revealing that he’s already had to consider retirement once before – back in 2015 after suffering a herniated disc injury in New Japan Pro Wrestling:
“I remember right before we did the AJ Styles turn. But earlier on in the year before, I had a very terrible herniation in my neck. It was the first time I ever had asked for time off in professional wrestling. I lost all power on the right side of my body and I thought that that was it. I thought that I was going to have to wrap it up and maybe I was already sort of winding down. I was able, luckily enough, to turn it around.”
Omega went on to say that he’s trying to “burn the candle at both ends” in terms of competing in-ring and partaking in his external interests at the moment, but he does want to step away “when it’s time”:
“Things that I do in the video game world, anime, bodybuilding, fitness, all that stuff, these are interests of mine outside of wrestling. So I’m keeping busy. But I just want to make sure that if for some reason something happens in the ring, or outside of it, or whatever, you never know what’s going to happen, that I exit without regrets.
Right now. I could not put a number on how long I will be active as a performer. I don’t want to say that I’m going to do it until I just can’t physically do it anymore. It’s a scary thought. Hopefully, I just know when it’s time and until it is time, I’m just going to try to burn the candle on both ends and go out in a blaze of glory rather than just kind of hang around in a ring longer than I should.”
Kenny Omega is set to face Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship on the ‘Winter Is Coming’ AEW Dynamite special on December 2nd. We’ll have live coverage of everything goes down during the show right here at Inside The Ropes.