New Japan Pro Wrestling star Kenny Omega recently spoke with Rolling Stone, and the following are some interview highlights:
And the higher ups were OK being laissez-faire with your “there will be blood” approach?
“I’ve been lucky where I’ve asked for a little bit of trust from the company. When you put yourself in a situation like that, you either hit consecutive home runs or you’re dead in the water, because there’s a lot of money on the line, there’s a reputation on the line. And a lot of times I really forced them to step out of their comfort zone. Between last year’s G1 and now with Jericho, I have done a lot of things the company isn’t necessarily comfortable with, but they’re seeing positive growth from it. Drawing blood is a faux paus. They don’t like it at all. Our parent company makes its money through anime and card games.”
Read Also: Triple H Comments On Chris Jericho vs Omega NJPW Match
Generally, NJPW is almost family friendly, but Omega Vs. Jericho feels like something standing apart from all of that.
“Yeah, and even if it wasn’t what they’ve been expecting, we want to give them something completely different from what’s gonna be on the rest of the card. And not just different because, ‘Hey, it’s a WWE legend coming in to invade New Japan.’ From how we went about it, how we’re going about it and how we will execute the match, we want it to stand out from anything in recent memory. It’s really important for us to do that.”