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UPDATED: Kenny Omega responds to fan complaints he booked a sex offender on CEO x NJPW show

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While Jim Cornette may find himself upset over the main event of the CEO x NJPW: When Worlds Collide event featuring stuffed animals and what not, other fans of professional wrestling are upset about one wrestler getting booked on the show at all.

Chasyn Rance, a registered sex offender, defeated Aaron Epic in the first dark match of the evening. Fans then took to Twitter to question Kenny Omega about the decision to have such a match on the show. His response:

That is very much the response of someone who didn’t use anyone in public relations to help craft it and it has, unsurprisingly, resulted in even more criticism. Whether or not Rance was polite to Omega does not mean he isn’t a registered sex offender, and the fact that Omega didn’t feel like he was working with a criminal does not mean he wasn’t. He quite literally was.

The statement fails to make clear whether or not Omega knew of Rance’s history but implies that he did not, which would be a failure in vetting the talent used on his show. At the very least, he does say he will only use those he’s “absolutely familiar/comfortable with” going forward.

UPDATE: Omega released a more in depth, official statement on the matter: