Late Friday afternoon (Dec. 15), AEW’s Kenny Omega shared that he’d been hospitalized and would be “out indefinitely”.
Reports followed that Omega had gone to the hospital after feeling ill for more than a week — a stretch of time that included a match against Ethan Page for Collision that was taped on Dec. 5, and an awkward promo segment on the Dec. 13 Dynamite that can now at least be partially explained. At the hospital, Kenny was diagnosed with diverticulitis.
On the Sun., Dec. 17 episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer gave more background on Omega’s situation, noting that it could have been much worse had Omega not gone to the hospital after last week’s Dynamite:
“I did not hear if he had surgery yet on it but he was rushed to the hospital Friday. He had been in a lot of pain and he thought what happened was — you probably all remember, is that he had the hernia that was really, really bad which caused him that long, long period off.
“He had been hurting really, really bad and he had presumed it was a hernia. He had bloating which he thought he may have messed up on his diet somehow and eaten something wrong. But he just kept training on it, working on it, did the match with Ethan Page.
“He was hurting really bad on Wednesday when he did the promo with Jericho. By that point it was really bad so he went to the hospital and found out he had diverticulitis. It was a really bad situation in the sense of if he had not gone in another day or so, it could have been horrendous.”
In a follow-up for his Observer Daily Update, Meltzer specified that if Omega had gone another 24 hours without going to the hospital he would have been at risk of getting a blood infection.
There’s no word on how long Omega will be sidelined. AEW owner Tony Khan said at the ROH Final Battle media scrum that he’ll let Kenny provide updates on his situation, but that there’s “good reason to be optimistic”.
Omega & Chris Jericho are currently scheduled to challenge Ricky Starks & Big Bill for the AEW Tag titles at Dec. 30’s Worlds End PPV in New York.