In a recent appearance on Wrestling Observer Radio, AEW star Kenny Omega discussed how he could still fit into NJPW storylines, almost two years after leaving the company. He went into detail about the path his former ‘Golden Lovers’ partner Kota Ibushi has taken since he left for AEW, and how it could lead to matches involving Omega.
“As life goes on and you separate from these individuals, it’s like those stories kind of get put in the back burner a little bit, but they don’t really ever die out. No one I believe ever really forgets. So you have me exiting New Japan for a period of time after losing to Tanahashi. Then, you see Ibushi team up with Tanahashi. They have their storyline together and of course, then [Kota would end up] winning the G-1 for the second time in a row and just developing more into a megastar that he deserves to be. It’s like even though we’re not linked or connected right now in the wrestling world, there are these things that definitely add to the story, even even though they’re not directly connected to one another. These are all things that could play into a series of matches, not necessarily even singles. Yeah, it could lead to that. But these are all things that work hand in hand with one another.”
He went on to expand on how the two working in separate companies could even play a part in their ongoing story.
“But for the sake of Ibushi, it’s like our life experiences, being apart from one another, all play into a larger story. I could just press the unpause button [and] It’ll be interesting. Just because there’s so much material to use from our careers that have existed outside and apart from one another. So, it’s a shame we couldn’t continue the story right away, but I just feel that, you know, I had so many memorable moments with a lot of their roster that by Ibushi having memorable moments with their roster as well, it sort of fuels future storylines if we are ever to return to it. So I never feel like we’ve grown too far apart or now it doesn’t make sense anymore. I still feel as attached to that scene as I ever have, even though I’ve been gone for so long.”
The ‘Best Bout Machine’ talked about other areas where AEW and NJPW could link in with each other if such a partnership came to be.
“I feel like it would be so easy for guys to show up here or us to show up there. There’s so many common threads, Moxley’s got the US title and all that. You know, Ibushi had the thing with Jay White, who is Bullet Club and I was Bullet Club and now I’m not, you know what I mean? There’s so many things to play off of.”
Fans have been hoping formal partnership between AEW and NJPW since AEW was created. There have been hints that this is a possibility. As Omega mentioned, AEW World Champion Jon Moxley is also the current IWGP US Champion. Chris Jericho has also made appearances in NJPW, even bringing the AEW World Championship into his Wrestle Kingdom 14 match build with Hiroshi Tanahashi, the idea being that Tanahashi could challenge for the belt if he beat ‘Le Champion’. However, a wider partnership has not been forthcoming, and NJPW wrestlers have not yet appeared for AEW.
Credit to Fightful for the transcription.