Former New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) star and recently-signed All Elite Wrestling (AEW) talent, Kenny Omega, was recently interviewed by Tokyo Sports to talk about several professional wrestling topics. “The Cleaner” discussed the money aspect of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), and talent scouting for the new promotion. Check out the highlights here:
The money aspect of AEW: “[The money] does not matter at all,” Omega said. “I want to change the life of the viewer through my own professional wrestling. It is important that depressed people become happy when they see wrestling and forget about their problems. Many wrestlers fight for money and self realization, but I want to show beautiful art.
“In the industry so far, there was a tendency that the staff and the owner of the company would tell fans, ‘this is what professional wrestling is’ from above. AEW is different. You can show pro wrestling from the heart that the wrestlers are cherishing.”
Talent scouting for the new promotion: “Tony Khan is also watching over an NFL team and he also acts as an investor,” Omega said. “But since it is his first time in charge of a professional wrestling business, I needed someone I know. That is The Elite. I am in charge of a girl wrestler now. What is better than being a wrestler? It is being a talent scout, of course.
“I think that one of the mistakes that New Japan makes in this era is that they do not have women’s wrestling. At CEO×NJPW, which I promoted last year, I proposed to New Japan to put on a women’s match. They refused saying, ‘It is not New Japan.’ It is already 2019 now. I think that women and men will be on the same stage. And most of the women who I think are good are in Japan.”