If you’ve been watching the transformation of Kenny Omega from tag team wrestler to singles wrestler in AEW, then you’ve seen him turning into an AEW version of the Cleaner.
This transformation has included a much more elaborate entrance including a pretty long run down of Kenny’s accomplishments. Justin Roberts talks about his star ratings, winning wrestler of the year, and being a champion in NJPW. However, there seems to be a random line thrown in each week about North Carolina.
For any other wrestler in any other storyline, this might just be considered to be some kind of random comedy or inside joke. However, AEW and The Elite have proven throughout the history of their storytelling that things that might seem random are often done on purpose.
Think back to Hangman Page asking for The Young Bucks to be ringside for his title match with Jericho. No one thought about that being motivation at the time for this almost year-long sage we’ve seen with The Elite crumbling before our very eyes.
So, two weeks ago, Kenny Omega’s entrance mentioned he once wrestled a match in North Carolina. That match was in Charlotte and he teamed with Hangman Page against Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara.
This week the entrance talked about Omega knowing someone he knew in high school residing in North Carolina. Many assumed this reference was about Hangman Page. While Hangman Page cut his teeth on the indies in North Carolina for promotions like PWX and is considered a Carolina boy, he actually grew up in Virginia and graduated from Halifax County High School, which is also in Virginia.
So, if Hangman Page isn’t who Kenny Omega is referencing then who might be talking about. Again, this could be absolutely nothing but a throw-away line, but both members of FTR grew up in North Carolina.
Could this mean Kenny Omega is going to join forces with FTR to form a stable? Could Omega lead the AEW Version of The Four Horsemen?
Let’s speculate, shall we? When Kenny and Hangman lost the titles, Kenny left Hangman in the ring and stormed off to a car in the back. He invited The Young Bucks, but they didn’t follow. So, could Kenny Omega be upset with The Young Bucks for not following him blindly?
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) October 29, 2020
If he is, then what better way to get back at them than joining forces with their bitter rivals, FTR. The grouping seems a bit strange. Kenny certainly includes comedy in his overall act. However, The Cleaner version of Kenny is certainly a much more serious version of his character. At the heart of his character in New Japan was the idea he was the absolute best in-ring wrestler on the planet.
What do FTR believe about themselves? They believe in the ring there is no team better than them. While WrestleTalk reached out to some sources and the response seemed to indicate this could be all speculation, this might not be the type of thing The Elite or FTR would want getting out ahead of time. So, it would seem sources would keep this very close to the vest.
We’re not saying this is going to happen. Heck, I’m not even saying I want it to happen. But when you look at the way The Bucks told the Adam Cole story in ROH and on BTE, the Cody/Omega Bullet Club is fine story, and this story so far, it seems like this has to be purposeful.
Of course, the purpose could just be to make writers write stories like this one. Or, it could have a bigger meaning. Could that meaning be a big faction including FTR and Omega? It would be the kind of thing The Elite would consider.
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