Kenny Omega has turned himself into one of the biggest stars in wrestling over the last five years. However, it almost didn’t happen as he recently revealed he thought he might have to retire in 2015.
While speaking with Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, Omega revealed the injury that almost took him out. He said it was right before he took over Bullet Club which was the beginning of his ascent as a main event star in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Here is the quote:
“I remember right before we did the AJ Styles turn. But earlier on in the year before, I had a very terrible herniation in my neck. It was the first time I ever had asked for time off in professional wrestling. I lost all power on the right side of my body and I thought that that was it. I thought that I was going to have to wrap it up and maybe I was already sort of winding down. I was able luckily enough to to turn it around. I think one of the greatest things I can ever ask for is being able to decide what time that is.
It’d be great if I could, but unfortunately, as wrestlers, and doing what we do, we sometimes don’t have the ability to choose. In a heartbeat, these things can just fade and or they can be taken away from you. So all I’m trying to do is just kind of dip my fingers and toes as much as I as long as I can. I’m making sure that all these things that that I do take on as responsibilities are things that I enjoy outside of wrestling so that, you know, there’s never a dull moment.”
Thankfully, Kenny Omega did not return in 2015. Shortly afterward he took over Bullet Club and eventually rose to the top of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
He has since left New Japan to be one of the executive vice presidents of All Elite Wrestling, where he also wrestles.