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Kenny Omega Extends NJPW Contract For Another Year



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

Kenny Omega wins G1

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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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Mitchell’s AEW Continental Classic Update! (11/27/23)

What a start to the tournament!



Did your picks win points?

The AEW Continental Classic is underway, with almost everyone competing. Check in here if you haven’t seen the winners and losers of week 1!

Here are your Gold League standings!

  • Jon Moxley: 1-0, 3 points
  • Swerve Strickland: 1-0, 3 points
  • Jay White: 1-0, 3 points
  • Rush: 0-1, 0 points
  • Mark Briscoe: 0-1, 0 points.
  • Jay Lethal: 0-1, 0 points


Here are your Blue League standings!

  • Brody King: 1-0, 3 points
  • Claudio Castagnoli: 1-0, 3 points
  • Daniel Garcia: 0-1, 0 points
  • Eddie Kingston: 0-1, 0 points
  • Bryan Danielson: Yet to Compete
  • Andrade El Idolo: Yet to Compete


My Thoughts:

Nothing too crazy, nothing too wild, this tournament only just got started. The only disappointing point is that they could not get Bryan “cleared to compete” Saturday night. Not sure how much of that is shoot given the bad eye, but this was kinda the problem of wanting him in the tournament over tons of other choices. Bryan wants to face Okada for WrestleKingdom 18, how is Bryan supposed to do that at his best if he’s also gonna be in a round robin, doing five top level matches in about as many weeks? And it takes away from Andrade being able to do something. Also a little surprised we didn’t even hear from Andrade on Saturday.

Now as we heard on Saturday, round two’s matches are set. Gold League will see Mark Briscoe VS Rush, White VS Swerve, and of course, Moxley VS Lethal. Nice variety there, a couple 0-1 guys facing off, as well as two 1-0 guys, and then 1-0 VS 0-1. No offense to Lethal, but he feels like an 0-2 going up against Moxley. Hard to call the other ones but that’s the fun of it. Meanwhile, Blue League sees Brody VS Claudio in a showdown to be 2-0, then Bryan and Andrade finally jump in, Bryan against Eddie and Andrade against Garcia. Sadly, feels like Eddie and Garcia are going 0-2, no way Tony Khan is booking Bryan and Andrade to lose their first shots.

In fact, that could be half the reason they did wait on those two, that’s almost too good for just a first round opener. But I still would’ve done it, same as NJPW does stuff like that for round robins, which this is all modeled after anyway.

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AEW announces Continental Classic entrants

The C2 is set!



Tony Khan Reveals the Blue and Gold “Leagues!”

Originally livestreamed, Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone officially announced the twelve total entrants and divided them into the two round robin blocks known as the “Blue League” and “Gold League.” If you don’t feel like sifting through the almost 30 minute video, the groups are:

Blue League

  • Bryan Danielson
  • Andrade El Idolo
  • Brody King
  • Claudio Castagnoli
  • Daniel Garcia
  • Eddie Kingston

Gold League

  • Jon Moxley
  • Swerve Strickland
  • Rush
  • Mark Briscoe
  • Jay Lethal
  • Jay White


Tony Khan also explains the rules for the Continental Classic:

  • Every match has a 20 minute time limit
  • The winner of each match earns 3 points, losers earn 0, 1 point for a draw
  • EVERYONE ELSE is banned from ringside for true 1v1 action


Eddie Kingston also joined the selection special as his “life’s work” is on the line in this tournament, both the ROH World Championship and NJPW Strong Openweight Championship on the line as part of the modern day North American Triple Crown Eddie, Tony Khan, AEW, ROH and NJPW are looking to create together. Gold League competes tonight on Dynamite while Blue League will have their start this Saturday on Collision. Look for more articles like this one to keep up with the Continental Classic standings over the next six weeks of tournament action!

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