Canadian wrestler Kenny Omega is regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. He has battled all over the world, from North American to Mexico, and from the UK to Japan. Everywhere he goes, five star matches are sure to follow. Whether he’s battling it up with Jon Moxley in AEW, trading holds with Andrade El Idolo in Mexico or putting on 7 star classic with Kazuchika Okada, Kenny Omega is always the best wrestler wherever he sets foot.
However, one place you will not have seen Kenny Omega recently is the WWE. Despite the recent takeover by Triple H (after Vince McMahon’s retirement) the rumours of The Cleaner to WWE have continued to be as dry as the Sahara. Nobody expects the EVP of AEW to make the jump over to WWE, like Cody Rhodes did in early 2022.
He has long regarded as one of the best ever to not wrestle in the WWE. However, some information has come out that has lead people to question if Kenny Omega was ever in WWE.
Was Kenny Omega In WWE?
Yes, Kenny Omega was in WWE for a short time period. The Former AEW and IWGP Heavyweight Champion has long been seen as the one man WWE could never get, not realising that he was signed to the promotion early on in his career.
The Best Bout Machine was signed to a WWE developmental deal in 2005 and was sent to Deep South Wrestling for training. Back then he was not seen as the supreme talent he was today, but WWE saw something in him and hired him to train under the likes of Jim Cornette and Bill Demott to hopefully mould him into becoming a WWE Superstar.
However, this did not happen. Kenny Omega struggled to fit in the WWE system. He was not yet to the confident and impossibly smooth worker he is now, and he struggled to fit in in the locker room backstage, even contemplating quitting wrestling completely to become an MMA fighter. He particularly struggled with being coached by Bill Demott, the former NXT coach who was fired for bullying and other unsavoury practises he subjected his trainees to.
After leaving WWE, Kenny Omega wrestled on the American independent scene before moving to Japan with DDT. He then went on to join New Japan Pro Wrestling where he became the top gaijan (foreigner) in the company and won one IWGP Heavyweight Championship during a legendary run in the company.
Omega has turned down multiple WWE deals since leaving, including just prior to the announcement of AEW, in 2018. He was reportedly offered a multi-million dollar deal to sign for the company in late 2018 (along with The Young Bucks and Adam Page), but turned it down to help Tony Khan form AEW, where he became the companies third ever world champion.
It seems unlikely that Kenny Omega will ever sign for WWE again, given his past in the company and his recent injury issues. However, a recent spat with CM Punk earned a suspension with the company. Coupled with his current contract being up early next year, there is a chance that Kenny Omega will sign for WWE in 2023.
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