WWE Hall Of Famer Steve Austin had fellow WWE HOF Inductee Jim Ross on a recent episode of The Steve Austin Show. During the podcast, the two legends talked about Kenny Omega and a possible WWE run for the current IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion.
“He’s [Omega] very reminiscent to me and indicative of today’s [pro] wrestler, what they think, and how they act, and how they perceive the [pro wrestling] business,” JR said (h/t Wrestling Inc). “And I’m not saying any of this in a negative way, just there’s a new era and a new wave of thinking. And for us old guys, we kind of have to be willing to hear their point of view because their point of view sometimes isn’t what we were raised with.”
“Hands down, he is one of the best in the world, if not the best in the world, in my opinion. If he came to the WWE, if he had any interest in doing so, I think that guy could be the next big thing.” Austin added, “I don’t know if it’s going to happen. I said he has the potential to be, if he was given the platform, just not be put in a box.”
Ross stated that he respects Omega for staying with NJPW in 2017 to take care of some “unfinished business.” However, with all of that being said, Ross believes that Omega will sign with WWE in 2018. According to the Hall of Famer, Omega would be leaving money on the table if he never works for WWE.
“He still has unfinished business to do in New Japan because he has accepted some portion of ownership of his role in that company, so being in New Japan to Kenny Omega is important. It’s not just about Kenny Omega and his payday, or Kenny Omega and his gimmick sales, or what the Bullet Club does, or blah, blah, blah, or a million things. It’s about, ‘can he help build the brand that’s funding his life right now?’ And that’s what they’re doing. And he has taken ownership of that, ‘I have unfinished business, and I want to stay here and get this company elevated more.'”
“When his deal is up in early 2018, as I understand it, that I think he will be in WWE sometime in 2018.” Ross averred, “if you’re a pro wrestler and you don’t have the chance, or you take yourself out of a chance to go to WWE at some point in your career, in your productive years, you might be cheating yourself in my opinion money-wise.”