Kenny Omega Appears On The With Spandex Podcast

Kenny Omega On Daniel Bryan’s Return, The Young Bucks, NJPW Returning To U.S.

NJPW star Kenny Omega recently appeared as a guest on With Spandex Podcast ahead of the Sunday’s Strong Style Evolved event where he will team up with Kota Ibushi to take on the duo of The Young Bucks. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On whether or not he feels The Golden Lovers vs. The Young Bucks was booked too soon: “Oh, no, way too early, of course. Way too early. I mean, [The Golden Lovers] just got back together. You know what I mean? We haven’t found our timing. We haven’t found our pacing. I remember speaking with Ibushi before the ROH matches, and we’re like, ‘Okay. What were our double team [moves] again?’ You know what I mean? We’re kind of writing a little list of the things we used to do, and we’re like, ‘Hey, remember when we used to do this and that,’ and we’re like, ‘What was this and that?’ We couldn’t even remember. So, we haven’t even had time to dig through the vaults and remember what we used to do, and we haven’t had time together to sit in a room and come up with some new stuff to do.

“So, of course we’ve been in touch and we’ve been talking about ideas, so we do have ideas, but it’s like we haven’t had real time together in a dojo or our training facility to try them out, so I would’ve liked to have been completely 100 percent prepared, but right now it’s just ideas. They are ideas on the table. If they work, they work. If they work, we’re gonna look like geniuses, and if not, who knows, but yeah, I would’ve like to have been more prepared for this match as a tag team, but we’re getting tossed from the frying pan into the fire real quick, and it’s gonna be a real test.”

On Daniel Bryan finally getting medically cleared to return to the ring in WWE: “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?”

On New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) returning to the United States: “I definitely feel like there’s a sense of us having grown as a company. I think that we had a really great introduction into the US market, and I feel that even though we haven’t quite gotten the balls that I think we should have to do more in America, we’re going after it this time around. Bigger building. They’re giving the crowd bigger matches.

“I mean, the Golden Lovers versus The Young Bucks, it’s a dream match, and New Japan wasn’t shy to give our great American fans that match, so I do feel that not only are we kind of more aware of the company, that we can do this worldwide thing, but we also are very appreciative of our worldwide fans, too. We’re not just showing up here for a house show. You know what I mean? We’re showing up here to have standout performances, and I think that’s really important.”

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