Kenny Omega dominated the wrestling world outside of WWE in 2017 and is still a central figure in the biggest independent storyline currently running; the break-up of the Bullet Club. He is at a point in his career where he could feasibly face whoever he wanted on the indy circuit – although he did face Chris Jericho in January so I guess anyone is fair game – one man in particular, however, recently shot to the top of that list.
In a recent appearance on the With Spandex podcast, the ‘Cleaner’ of New Japan Pro Wrestling discussed his thoughts on the medical clearance of the ‘American Dragon’ Daniel Bryan:
“It’s one of the feel-good stories of wrestling of the year, that’s for sure. I don’t think there is one disappointed person that he’s coming back to the ring. I wish him all the best. I mean, you always hope that as a fellow performer that he doesn’t push himself too hard too soon, because I think even the fans now, they want to see him happy and healthy, and they want to see the Daniel Bryan they know and love doing what he loves in the ring, and whatever it is that he does at WrestleMania, I hope it goes off really well, without a hitch, and that he has the time of his life, and the crowd there enjoys it.
“He’s one of the guys that I’ve had the privilege of wrestling, I think, only one time in a singles, and that’s a moment I’ll never forget. Yeah. We had a couple multi-mans and such throughout ROH, and who knows? If this is gonna become a full-time thing for him again, I’d love to run into him down the line. He’s one of those guys that I would love to mix it up with, and even though I loved our first singles match, I’d love to do it again and make it a little different. You know?”
The singles bout Omega refers to happened at PWG in 2009 and has, in my opinion, one of the greatest openings to a match in wrestling history, it’s no wonder he will “never forget” it. The “spot that never ends” and the singalong are two personal highlights but the arm wrestling contest to kick off proceedings is definitely up there… and the thumb war… and the upsidedown slap-fest… look, it’s all really good, okay?
Despite that match clearly being more of a comedy event, as is a mainstay throughout the western independent circuit, the pair have come to blows in more serious multi-man bouts in promotions such as Ring of Honor. The two even competed in a triple threat match with Seth Rollins (then Tyler Black) in 2008.
With Omega set to stay with NJPW until at least 2019, but more likely 2020, it could still be years before he and Bryan finally reunite in a ring. Whether that be in WWE, ROH or even a return to PWG is yet to be seen but I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we can’t wait for it to happen. It would also be fascinating to see what sort of a match these two could put on now as both have the ‘best wrestler in the world’ moniker on top of a decade’s worth of added experience.
Would you want to see these two industry giants go at it again? Where do you think it should take place? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter here.
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