When AEW Dynamite went off the air, the returning Kenny Omega addressed the fans in attendance.
On the latest episode of AEW Dynamite, former AEW World Champion Kenny Omega made a surprise return to reunite with the Young Bucks and join them as their partner in the AEW Trios World Championship Tournament. After a hellacious match against Andrade, Rush, and Dragon Lee, Omega’s team emerged victorious, moving onto the semifinals while Andrade and Rush turned on Dragon Lee post-match.
When Dynamite went off the air, Kenny Omega took to the microphone to address the fans in attendance, saying that his match being in the main event afforded him the opportunity to say a few words.
“I thought, hey, with a rare main event slot tonight, I might as well take the microphone and say a couple words to you guys because I’ve been gone for quite some time. If I do it in this format, I don’t have to worry about how much time I take. I don’t have to worry about how tired or hurt I am. I can just speak to you guys like a normal human being because really, that’s all I am.
“So for the past seven, eight, nine months, whatever it’s been, it’s been pretty grueling. Many times, I questioned myself. Am I really gonna be able to come back to AEW and perform at the level of these professional wrestlers?”
Continuing, Kenny Omega admitted that it will take time to catch up with the current AEW talent, and also made it clear that he’s not to be seen as a good guy. However, he says that he will never skimp on the performance he puts on in the ring.
“Certainly, it’s gonna take me a while to catch up to these guys. It might be a while before I’m able to challenge for a singles title again. But this very much is a work in progress, and I’m very glad that all of you are joining me on this journey.
“Don’t get it confused, however. I’m not a good guy. I might even cheat to win every now and then. But one thing that I will say is when we’re in this ring, you’re getting a genuine Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, an elite performance from the genuine Young Bucks and Kenny Omega. We’re not pretending to be somebody that we’re not. We’re not a tribute act. We’re not a parody. We’re not selfish, and we’re not in this for selfish means and for selfish gains.”
Kenny Omega then moved on to speaking about the legacy he wants to leave, clarifying that the legacy of his team with the Young Bucks isn’t about earning titles; rather, it’s about helping the world of wrestling evolve.
“We are here to leave a legacy, and that legacy isn’t titles. It’s not even match ratings. It’s not even how much money we make for our families and ourselves. It is changing the world via changing [the] wrestling world and the way that you guys consume it.
“So maybe heck, you don’t like six-man tags. That’s fine because we’re gonna give you the greatest singles matches. We’re gonna give you guys the greatest hardcore matches, mixed matches, women’s matches, all different kinds of matches. It’s going to be a smorgasbord of wrestling.
“That was always the mission statement, and as long as The Elite are here, we will make sure that you guys get that variety every time we perform. Win, lose, or draw, you’re gonna get our greatest effort. Win, lose, or draw, taping, athletic tape, medical devices or not, you’re gonna get Kenny Omega, too. Somehow, by a stroke of luck and because these guys are better than you even know that they are, they’re incredible, we were able to survive tonight. We’re alive in this tournament.”
Matt Jackson chimed in, saying that the fans in attendance shouldn’t automatically begin cheering them, and Kenny Omega continued by saying that he could be angry with the fans as they’re the reason he continues performing and putting his body into the shape it is. However, Omega says that he could never be truly angry with his fan base, and likens them to a cat who “pees and poops all over the house.”
“Maybe I should be mad, too. Maybe I should be mad too because the reason why I’m in this state right now, the reason why I have to have three, sometimes four sessions of physical rehab every single day is because of you. Maybe I should hate each and every one of you because I come back out here for you guys.
“So what I’m gonna do right now is I’m gonna be a little strange. I don’t get out much, so I became a strange individual. I’m gonna liken you fans to a very mischievous cat that pees and poops all over the house. Boy do I get mad when I find it. Not do I get mad because I have to clean it, but heck, how could I hate a little kitty cat? So on TV, I may blame you guys. I may hold resentment towards you guys. Perhaps, deep down inside, as long as this never gets aired, I do very much appreciate you. Thank you very much.”