Kenny Omega expects more stars to cross the wrestling divide from WWE to AEW as the AEW Champion says “90% of wrestlers in WWE” want to become All Elite.
In recent months All Elite Wrestling has seen an influx of former WWE Superstars onto its loaded roster. Andrade El Idolo debuted for the company in June, one month ahead of his former rival for the NXT Championship, Malakai Black. In August CM Punk stunned the wrestling world when he became All Elite before Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson made their AEW debuts at All Out.
Speaking to Tokyo Sports, the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega discussed the different approaches to pro wrestling AEW takes compared to WWE:
“It’s all about taking a different approach to wrestling, and the fact that the wrestlers are very good. Fortunately, the fans understood [AEW]. And to put it a step further, the wrestlers who were actually performing in WWE began to think, ‘I would like to do this kind of professional wrestling again.’ [Jon] Moxley, CM Punk, and Daniel Bryan all came here in search of what professional wrestling should be.”
Omega continued talking about his quest to be seen as the best wrestler in the world compared to CM Punk and Bryan Danielson who have both also been bestowed with that nickname:
“Both CM Punk and Bryan are the people who called themselves ‘best’, and wrestled in the place called the ‘best’. But when I’m against them, I don’t have to say that I’m the best because it was the fans, not myself, who started calling me the ‘best’. Now, I want to prove [the fans] right.”
On whether more WWE Superstars will join AEW in the future, Kenny Omega is in absolutely no doubt:
“Absolutely, more will come out in the future. I think about 90% of wrestlers in WWE want to be in AEW.”
At AEW Grand Slam in Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York City, Kenny Omega went one-on-one in a dream match with Bryan Danielson. The two men went to the thirty minute time limit resulting in a draw, leaving fans salivating over a potential AEW World Championship match between the two men that would have a one hour time limit.