Kenny Omega has earned his money all accross the world, showcasing his skills as one of the best wrestlers of all time. Starting in Canada, Kenny Omega signed for WWE briefly before making his name in Japan, first with DDT and finally becoming a World Champion in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
It was here he would be regarded as one of the top wrestlers of all time. His bouts with Kazuchika Okada in particular were applauded worldwide, even gaining an eye-watering 7 star rating from Dave Meltzer. This gained him huge amounts of buzz, as did winning the G1 Climax and IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
He would sign a three year contract (extended to four in 2021) with AEW in 2019, increase his yearly salary to more than NJPW were going to pay him. But how much money does Kenny Omega make in AEW? Keep reading to find out and let us know if you think the Best Bout Machine is worth what Tony Khan is paying him.
How Much Does Kenny Omega Make In AEW?
Kenny Omega has a salary of $3 million a year in AEW, according to reports. The former AEW Champion is one of the highest paid wrestlers in the promotion, alongside the likes of Chris Jericho and CM Punk. Omega was one of the biggest stars in Japan before he signed for AEW and was responsible for bringing a huge amount of fans into the promotion when he signed in 2019.
He was also chased by WWE during negotiations with Tony Khan, further pushing his price up. Khan was forced to offer him a bumper contract (alongside The Young Bucks) but he has proved his worth in spades by being one of the best wrestlers in the world in the three years since he signed.
He was the first man to have held the AEW Tag Team Championships and the AEW Word Championship, winning both belts for the first time in 2020. He won the tag belts with Adam Page, who would eventually defeat him to win the title at Full Gear 2021.
Despite injuries limiting how hard he can go in the ring, Omega still managed to put on some of the best performances ever seen in wrestling. He earned a six star rating from Dave Meltzer at AEW Revolution 2020, when he and Adam Page defeated The Young Bucks in what some called the best tag team match ever.
He also set a record for having the longest AEW Championship reign, holding the title for 346 days. In this time he defended the championship 6 times, defeating the following opponents of the way to his record setting reign:
- Rey Fenix
- Jon Moxley
- Rich Swann
- Orange Cassidy
- Jungle Boy
- Christian Cage
With this reign he became the top heel in AEW and managed to showcase his range and in-ring skill, with fantastic results. Flanked by The Elite and Don Callis, he was not above cheating to win but always looked strong in any match he took part, earning his $3 million dollar salary.
Kenny Omega’s salary is not the highest in AEW, however. If reports are to be believed, he has the joint-second highest yearly intake in AEW, alongside Chris Jericho and CM Punk. However, Kenny Omega’s contract still lacks behind AEW Champion Jon Moxley whose salary is reportedly a whopping $6 million per year.
Kenny Omega recently returned to AEW after spending nearly a year out due to injury. He had multiple injuries that deeply affected his performance as AEW Champion, but spend as much time off as he needed to heal and get back to as close to 100% as possible.
He returned to team with The Young Bucks as “The Elite”, winning the AEW Trios Champions tournament and becoming the first AEW Trios Championship holders. However, their reign would ended after just week when they were suspended due to a backstage fight with CM Punk, forcing them to vacate the titles.
Despite this, Kenny Omega still makes $3 million dollars a year in AEW and is one of the highest earners in the company.
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Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.