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Kenny Omega Reveals What He Told Will Ospreay Before Leaving NJPW

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AEW Champion Kenny Omega recently spoke to Sports Illustrated. The ‘Cleaner’ discussed a number of topics during the interview ahead of Double or Nothing 2021, including the advice he gave Will Ospreay and Jay White before he finally left NJPW for All Elite Wrestling.

‘Before I left New Japan, I pulled aside Ospreay and Jay White,’ Omega began. ‘I don’t even know if I should tell this story, but I will. I told both, ’˜This company, at least the western expansion and the pride of the foreigners, it’s all in your hands.”

“‘They’re going to look to you to carry this thing, so you’ve got to do it’” Omega continued. “I said it to Jay and Ospreay knowing it was a likely scenario, but also hoping to light a fire under both of them.’

‘For Ospreay, he’d really came into his own,’ Kenny Omega continued. ‘He made a complete career shift, and he was going to be a fantastic champion. He made changes to his body, he made changes to his style, his look, his demeanor.”

Kenny Omega on Will Ospreay

“He became the person that he needed to be the champion of that company” Omega added. “Unfortunately, becoming champion wasn’t enough for him. He tried to fill my shoes.’

Omega finished by taking a shot at Ospreay, who recently had to vacate the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship due to injury. ‘Physically, even though he is one of the most gifted performers to ever step foot in the ring, there is only one Kenny Omega’”and you can’t fill those shoes.”

“Thus, now his belt is vacant, so perhaps it was always meant to be my belt and my belt alone” Omega added. “That’s not me making a firm statement as to whether I’ll make a venture out there; just that there is no one there that can fill my shoes or override my legacy.’

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