Former AEW World Champion Kenny Omega will reportedly miss “several months” of action after he undergoes multiple surgeries to address his numerous injury issues.
Since losing the AEW World Championship Kenny Omega has been increasingly open about his current fitness struggles. The star revealed that he has been struggling with vertigo since 2018, while it was also noted that has been working through a shoulder injury for a number of months.
With “Hangman” Adam Page now holding the AEW’s top title it is expected that Kenny Omega will be stepping away from the ring to heal up, something only reinforced by his comments at the start of the most recent episode of AEW Dynamite.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that Omega will be “taking several months off.” Meltzer continued by noting that Omega has also been wresting with a abdominal hernia and knee issues. These injuries led Omega to wonder whether he only had a limited time left in the ring.
“He worked most of this year with a torn labrum in his shoulder. He’s also worked for months on an abdominal hernia, as well as knee issues. At times he’s been in great pain and at other times it’s been manageable pain. He’s done constant rehab and medical treatments weekly to stay in the game as champion.
On the big stage, he had to be one of the best in the world, given much of the year he held the world titles of AEW, Impact and AAA, meaning he was called to headline both the major AEW and Impact shows at the same time. At times he privately wondered if he’d done so much damage over the years that his time left in the sport was limited and publicly on one of our shows was more open and in depth about his in-ring future.”
Kenny Omega still holds the AAA Mega Heavyweight and had been scheduled to defend it against El Hijo del Vikingo on December 4th. However, AAA have been told that due to his surgeries Omega will be unavailable.
Meltzer closed by saying that ‘The Best Bout Machine’ is expected to be out until late February, but has been told to take as long as he needs by AEW President Tony Khan.
“Omega will be getting surgery for the shoulder, knee and abdominal issues, and likely for a septum issue, using different specialists. The surgeries will not be that major and the expectation would be for him to return in or around late February, but Tony Khan has told him to take the time off that he needs.”
Adam Page’s championship coronation against Omega at Full Gear was given a five and a half star rating by Meltzer, in the same issue of the newsletter. The rating ties the bout as the third-highest rated match in 2021.