Huge in Japan and pretty much everywhere else in the world, it looks like Kenny Omega will be wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling for at least one more year.
According to Dave Meltzer and Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required and recommended) Omega has inked a new contract with NJPW.
“As far as Omega goes, on 1/9, he signed his new contract so it is official he’s with New Japan through January 31, 2019, so he won’t be in the Royal Rumble this year (or next year), or WrestleMania, which no doubt won’t keep people from speculating on his role in those shows daily.”
Fresh off maybe his best year as a pro, the 34-year-old Canadian could have had his pick of where to compete next . With reportedly the option to hit the free agent market and potentially sign with the WWE, Omega made the conscious decision to reup with New Japan and try to top his 2017 series of matches with an even better 2018.
The current IWGP United States heavyweight champion, Omega just had a match-of-year candidate with Chris Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom 12 and looks to be on track for a big feud with Cody Rhodes for control of The Bullet Club.
Resigning with NJPW, also allows for Omega to wrestle for Ring of Honor and compete at the ‘All In’ indie supershow with his pals The Young Bucks, Rhodes, and others in September.
Sound off Cagesiders, what feuds and match-ups do you forecast for Kenny Omega in 2018? Did the Best Bout Machine make the correct call in picking NJPW over a possible WWE run?