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Kenny Omega Extends NJPW Contract For Another Year

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Kenny Omega

Kenny Omega just came off of a great showing at Wrestle Kingdom 12 against Chris Jericho, where the IWGP United States Champion was able to defeat the Alpha to prove his better nature. What Jericho and Omega did for New Japan Pro-Wrestling was huge, and they alone brought in major subscribers to the New Japan World stream service. A little over 20,000 in fact, and this should be celebrated.

Kenny Omega consistently proves himself to be a valuable asset to NJPW, and it is made clear by his use in the company most of the time. However, he has yet to win the only title that he actually cares to have. While Omega may say he loved being the first IWGP United States Champion, he will also tell you he’d rather have the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Who can blame him? He’s earned the title and NJPW has yet to give it to him, which is sad to see for sure. What Kenny Omega has done for the company is massive and cannot be overlooked. However, he is also not dumb enough to continue to wait on something he’ll never see when he could go win World Titles somewhere else that gives him a fair shake at it. So, does he know something we don’t here?

Kenny Omega Signs New Deal With NJPW

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According to The Wrestling Observer, Kenny Omega decided to re-sign with New Japan recently, with the deal only being for one extra year. It will expire in January of 2019. While the actual amount he is making was not specified, it does appear that he made a hefty sum to stick around. The feeling among most experts regarding NJPW is that they would be willing now more than ever to have Omega become the World Champion.

The reason has to do mostly with parody. Often times when people are used in the title mix a lot, especially someone more than any other…fans start to need something fresh and new to keep their interest. Without interest being there, people tend to sort of fade out from what could normally be a good program with someone. All because one person has been seen too much.

Kazuchika Okada has been the IWGP Heavyweight Champion longer than any champion in the history of the title. His reign is stuff of legend, and he should be commended for all his hard work. However, fans are tired of Okada and it’s showing. Most Japanese fans wanted to see Tetsuya Naito defeat him at Wrestle Kingdom, but New Japan extended the reign rather than start a new one with Naito.

Kazuchika Okada Is Becoming What John Cena Became To WWE

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There is a theory that Okada has reached John Cena-hatred levels in Japan and around the world if this continues. Meaning, fans may like him but they’ll get tired of always seeing him at the top and boo him instead. This happened just recently at New Years Dash and other events Okada has been to since WK12. That means now more than ever Kenny Omega becoming the champion, even for a short while, is likely.

New Japan is like the WWE in that they see something working and making money, so they want to squeeze as much out of it as possible. What WWE never did with Cena was let him pass a year-long WWE Title reign, though they were close sometimes. An injury may have even prevented one. Only CM Punk has seen such a mark in the modern-era.

WWE knows Cena was too big to fail, but that confidence meant that they could have him lose and still be at a top spot. Whereas New Japan does not seem to grasp this with Okada. They ultimately seem to feel that Okada is the reason for New Japan’s success while Kenny Omega has been the ultimate reason for the attention they have gotten since AJ Styles departed for WWE. They seem to like Kenny, but they don’t seem to trust him. It’s clear he needs to be their World Champion at some point in 2018 to keep Okada fresh, however.


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SummerSlam Results: WWE Championship

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With SmackDown Live already seeing one championship change hands, next up at SummerSlam was the WWE Title match that was no longer just about becoming champion after Samoa Joe brought AJ Styles’ family into the conversation.

With Styles’ wife and daughter sitting ringside, Joe would interrupt the usual championship introductions to point them out and needle ‘The Phenomenal One’ just one final time before the bell. It didn’t seem to phase AJ though, as the pace was slow to begin with the champion trying to get into Joe’s head by using irritating leg kicks. The challenger would start firing back with strikes of his own, utilizing what “brought him to the dance”, but Styles also owns a pretty good striking game and would show that he too could hang.

One mistake by ‘The Phenomenal One’ would give Samoa Joe the opening he needed to control the contest, showing his array of power, high-flying and strong strikes to put the champion in jeopardy. The resilient Styles would of course show the heart that’s allowed him to be the WWE Champion for an extended period of time, coming back to finally score with the Styles Clash, but it still wasn’t enough.

After another big exchange that left both men staggering to their feet, AJ would find his way to getting on the Calf Crusher that was quickly countered into the Coquina Clutch, but the champion was too close to the ropes. Joe’s frustration would start to come through as he called for the Muscle Buster, but AJ would fight it off only to be knocked to the outside by an enzuigiri. After depositing Styles into the steel steps, Joe would grab a mic and proclaim he would be the new daddy of AJ’s wife, sending ‘The Phenomenal One’ into a rage. The match became the last thing on Styles’ mind and he would decimate Joe with a chair, leading to a disqualification.

 

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SummerSlam Results: SmackDown Women’s Championship Match

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WWE SummerSlam Carmella vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair

After a very quick match between Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens, it was time for the ladies of SmackDown Live to take the ring as Carmella’s SmackDown Women’s Title was up for grabs in a Triple Threat against Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.

While Becky was not pleased that Charlotte got added to the match to begin with, ‘The Princess Of Staten Island’ looked to use that to her advantage by playing the two friends against one another. The strategy worked well for the champion too, as Becky and Charlotte did not hold back on one another with both women fighting hard to obtain the title. Both challengers looked to single out Carmella on multiple occasions, having opportunities to put the match away. However, when one seemingly had victory in hand, the other was right there just in time to put a stop to it.

Carmella would show a side of herself we had yet to see before, pulling off an outside dive to the surprise of the Brooklyn crowd. Charlotte would follow with a twisting moonsault of her own though and from that point on, all three women had chances to win the championship. In the end though, Becky would have Carmella locked in the Dis-Arm-Her, but a Natural Selection from behind gave Charlotte the three count. ‘The Lass Kicker’ would congratulate her friend, but then stunningly slap her across the face and unload on Charlotte with a beat down that included hurling her into the barricade and then over the announce table.

 

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WWE SummerSlam Results: Money In The Bank Briefcase Match

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WWE SummerSlam Kevin Owens vs Braun Strowman

The third match of the WWE SummerSlam PPV was a non-traditional “title” match, as Braun Strowman defended the Money In The Bank briefcase against Kevin Owens. By rule, Owens can win the briefcase even if Strowman is counted out or disqualified.


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None of that mattered, though, as Braun Strowman destroyed Kevin Owens from the jump, easily fueling speculation of a Money In The Bank cash-in later in the show.


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