Speaking to Chris Jericho on the latest episode of Talk is Jericho, Kenny Omega revealed the role The Good Brothers, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson played in helping him to succeed in NJPW. The AEW World Champion said that they were the ones who motivated him when he made the jump from the indies in Japan to NJPW.
“The Good Brothers were there for me when I was in Japan when I was trying to take on a new challenge and that was going from the indies in Japan to now taking a huge new leap to New Japan, where there’s not much crossover in fanbase.
“So I wanted to know, ‘how can I be successful? What do I do to make it good enough?’ The Good Brothers are the ones to give me a nudge with their elbow and say, ‘it’s not good enough. I want to see this Kenny Omega, the one that you show me when we go for Korean barbecue. when we go out for the sponsored dinners. I want to see this guy. I want to see this personality in that ring. I think what you’re doing in Japan with DDT, I don’t think it’s enough. I don’t think it’s going to convey your message that you want to tell these people and I think what you want to do is going to take another five, six, seven, eight years to do when we don’t have that time, we to strike while the iron is hot and we’ve got the way.’ That driving force, that broomstick engine was the Bullet Club.”
The Best Bout Machine went on to discuss the trajectory his career took once he joined Bullet Club and created the persona of ‘The Cleaner’, and where he could have been if he had continued with the career path he was on as a ‘white meat babyface’. He compared that possibility to the career of his long-time partner in Golden Lovers, Kota Ibushi, who still hasn’t achieved an IWGP Heavyweight Championship victory in the company.
“That’s why there was the birth of ‘The Cleaner’ and that’s why Gallows, Anderson, all the Bullet Club guys they’re the ones to introduce me, to accept me with open arms and to present to the world ‘The Cleaner.’ Yeah, I got to speak with my own mouth, with my own voice on that night. But if it wasn’t for their humble acceptance of me and for them to introduce me to a live crowd and then give me the platform to then in my first match when the junior heavyweight title, who knows how long I would have taken, we probably wouldn’t be here today. I’d probably still plugging away being a white meat babyface, you know, in New Japan and I would probably be like, you know, I hate to say it, but a guy like Kota Ibushi, who’s got all the talent in the world but has yet to win the big prize, I owe that to the Bullet Club. I owe it to Gallows and Gun. Absolutely.
When talking about Gallows and Anderson re-signing with WWE rather than going to AEW when it was starting out, Omega said there are no hard feelings about the situation.
“So, do I feel bad that they kind of screwed us to take the payoff at WWE? The answer is no. I don’t need to know the reasons for doing it, what I care about is that they’re family and that when they needed me, I was there for them, like they were there for me.”
Kenny Omega will be teaming up with The Good Brothers for the first time since 2016 to take on the Motor City Machine Guns and Impact World Champion Rich Swann at Impact Wrestling’s Hard to Kill event on January 16th.
Credit to Fightful for the transcription.