Professional wrestling fans were in for a huge surprise in the form of the Kenny Omega returns to New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The competitor was part of NJPW and STARDOM’s Historic X-Over event, where he sent a video message challenging Will Ospreay for the IWGP United States Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 17.
The news did not go unnoticed as it was the first official instance of Kenny Omega in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. since his departure in January 2019. It must be remembered that the fighter was also not part of the NJPW and AEW Forbidden Door event due to his recovery season during most of 2022, which prevented him from staying close to work between both companies.
Despite this, his return to NJPW seems to be an idea that has been on the table for several months. Fightful Select confirmed that there were multiple talks between Tony Khan and wrestler Rocky Romero to make possible the appearance of Kenny Omega in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The latter has been a great representative of the company outside of Japan, doing the communication work towards the companies allied to NJPW.}
The news portal assured that the final decision was made two or three weeks before Historic X-Over. It is curious to know these time lapses if we take into account that Kenny Omega was in a state of suspension by All Elite Wrestling. The wrestler paid the penalty for being one of those involved in the AEW All Out backstage altercation in October. However, Fightful confirmed that this punishment only encouraged the processes of conversation without the need to stagnate them completely.