Kenny Omega has spoken on his ambition to help promote and expand female wrestling with a particular emphasis on the Japanese market.
Kenny Omega Praises Japanese Wrestling
“I tried to watch just as much Joshi wrestling as I could when I was staying over in Japan for the decade that I was there in the country. I’ve said in multiple interviews; I really do credit Joshis for bringing my love back to professional wrestling when I was in a drought looking for things that make me feel something.”
He then continued by highlighting the next crop of superstars that we should be watching out for: “To be able to not only have some of the athletes involved in the tournament that were in that time period [he was in Japan] having killer matches like Emi Sakura, Aja Kong and Ryo Mizunami, we’ve got some new up and comers too like Yuka Sakazaki and Maki Itoh who clearly have a real bright future in the world of professional wrestling.
And it was his experience of watching female Japanese wrestling that inspired Kenny to champion this cause. He added: “To give these women an opportunity and for them to not only answer the call but overdeliver… I know they’re representing AEW, so maybe there is a little bit of bias, but for me to watch that live stream on Monday and just be able to take it all in as everyone else was taking it in live, I had just a big smile on my face from ear-to-ear.”
Kenny signed off the interview by vowing to do everything in his power to champion female wrestling irrespective of the pandemic, which has hindered such efforts: “All I can say given this world climate we’re in right now, it’s a very trying time and very difficult to make any real promises; I don’t want people to hold their breath.
“But if I had my way and I could manipulate global travel schedules the way that I wanted to [laughs], I think it would probably be a safe bet that you’re going to see more than one of these women back on AEW television.
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