Kenny Omega is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling, of which he is an executive vice president.
64 Facts About Kenny Omega
Kenny Omega has attained the latter publication's Match of the Year distinction three times; one of those matches, in which Omega competed against Kazuchika Okada in a two out of three falls match at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall in June 2018, received a seven-star rating from combat sports journalist Dave Meltzer, the highest rating Meltzer has ever awarded a professional wrestling match.
Kenny Omega was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2020.
Kenny Omega worked at branches of retailers IGA and Costco.
Kenny Omega went on to wrestle as part of TRCW for two years, where he developed the gimmick of a Hawaiian surfer named Kenny Omega.
In 2001, Kenny Omega debuted in the Winnipeg-based promotion Premier Championship Wrestling.
Kenny Omega won the PCW Heavyweight Championship and the PCW Tag Team Championship in 2003 and 2004, respectively.
Kenny Omega later stated that his time in DSW was poor, particularly criticizing promoters Bill DeMott and Jody Hamilton, and trainer Bob Holly.
Kenny Omega then reinvented his wrestling persona and developed a new distinct move set.
On March 8,2008, Kenny Omega competed for Jersey All Pro Wrestling and captured the JAPW Heavyweight Championship by defeating Low Ki.
Kenny Omega lost the JAPW Heavyweight Championship to Jay Lethal at Jersey City Rumble on February 28,2009.
Kenny Omega competed in a six-way elimination match for the JAPW Light Heavyweight Championship on December 10,2010, during which he was eliminated by the eventual winner, Jushin Thunder Liger.
That same year, Kenny Omega wrestled in tapings for Wrestling Revolution Project, performing under the ring name Scott Carpenter.
Kenny Omega went on to make appearances during PCW events in October 2018 and March 2019.
In 2006, Kenny Omega became captivated by Japanese wrestler Kota Ibushi after watching him perform as part of Japanese promotion DDT Pro-Wrestling, so he uploaded videos of himself having a DDT-style match to YouTube, in hopes they would interest Ibushi into working with him.
Kenny Omega stated that wrestling in Japan had been one of his dreams, as the local scene appealed to his creative side, feeling that he was able to show his personality and express himself.
In 2011, Kenny Omega competed in a match against a nine-year-old girl named Haruka.
Kenny Omega later stated that he was asked to work with Haruka due to the safe nature of his work and that he personally trained her before their match.
Kenny Omega lost the title back to Kai on May 27,2012, in his sixth title defense.
On January 27,2013, Kenny Omega defeated Isami Kodaka in a title vs title match, retaining his title and winning the DDT Extreme Championship held by Kodaka.
Kenny Omega lost the KO-D Openweight Championship to Shigehiro Irie on March 20,2013.
Kenny Omega's team lost the championship to Hino, Honda, and Hoshitango.
Kenny Omega returned to DDT for the promotion's Ultimate Party event on November 3,2019, during which he and Riho scored a victory over Honda and Miyu Yamashita in a tag team match.
On November 1,2008, Kenny Omega appeared for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla during the 2008 Battle of Los Angeles, where he was defeated in the first round of the tournament by local talent Brandon Bonham.
The next night, during a three-way tag team match in which Kenny Omega competed, he was Irish whipped into the ropes by Davey Richards, only for the force to snap the middle and bottom ropes, throwing Kenny Omega out of the ring.
Three months later, Kenny Omega returned to the promotion at Express Written Consent, where he was defeated by El Generico after referee Rick Knox hit him with a leaping clothesline after Knox grew tired of Kenny Omega abusing him.
On November 20,2009, Kenny Omega entered the year's Battle of Los Angeles, which was contested for the vacant PWG World Championship, defeating Kevin Steen, Scott Lost, and Joey Ryan in the first, quarter, and semifinal rounds, respectively.
Kenny Omega defeated Roderick Strong in the final round to win the tournament and become the PWG World Champion.
On February 27,2010, Kenny Omega lost the championship to Richards at As the Worm Turns in his first defense.
On October 27,2012, Kenny Omega made his first appearance for PWG in over two and a half years at Failure to Communicate when he teamed with El Generico in a tag team match, where they defeated The Young Bucks.
Kenny Omega returned to PWG to compete in the 2014 Battle of Los Angeles on August 29, advancing all the way to the semifinals until he was eliminated by the eventual winner of the tournament, Ricochet.
Kenny Omega returned again for the 2017 Battle of Los Angeles on September 2, teaming with The Young Bucks and defeating Flamita, Penta 0M, and Rey Fenix in a six-man tag team match.
On July 25,2008, Kenny Omega appeared for the promotion Ring of Honor, losing to Delirious in Toronto, Ontario.
On November 14,2009, Kenny Omega competed against Aries for the ROH World Championship but was defeated.
In September 2010, Kenny Omega competed for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, losing to Prince Devitt in a match for Devitt's IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Kenny Omega competed in the 2010 and 2011 Best of the Super Juniors tournaments.
Kenny Omega returned to NJPW in May 2013 to take part in the 2013 Best of the Super Juniors, where he managed to win five out of his eight round-robin matches, advancing to the semifinals of the tournament.
On October 3,2014, NJPW held a press conference to announce that Kenny Omega was set to sign with the promotion once his DDT contract expired on October 26.
Kenny Omega defeated Ryusuke Taguchi to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship for the first time at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome on January 4,2015.
On January 4,2016, Kenny Omega lost the title to Kushida at Wrestle Kingdom 10 in Tokyo Dome.
At The New Beginning in Niigata on February 14,2016, Kenny Omega defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the vacant IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
That same month, Kenny Omega had signed on to become a regular competitor for ROH.
From July 22 to August 13, Kenny Omega took part in the round-robin portion of the 2016 G1 Climax, where he advanced to the finals after winning his block with a record of six wins and three losses.
Towards the end of the year, despite having the opportunity to return to ROH, Kenny Omega was asked by NJPW not to take any outside bookings heading into Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome.
Kenny Omega lost to IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 11 on January 4,2017.
On January 6,2017, Kenny Omega stated that he would be "stepping away from Japan to reassess [his] future", adding that he was "weighing all options".
Kenny Omega returned during the first night of Honor Rising: Japan 2017 in February.
At Wrestle Kingdom 12 on January 4,2018, Kenny Omega defeated the debuting Chris Jericho in a no disqualification match to retain the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
Kenny Omega returned to ROH for the Supercard of Honor XII event on April 7,2018, where he lost to Cody.
In September 2018, Kenny Omega appeared at the independent event All In, where he defeated Penta El Zero.
Kenny Omega successfully defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Ishii at Destruction later that month as well as against Cody and Ibushi in a three-way match at King of Pro-Wrestling the next month.
Kenny Omega lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom 13 on January 4,2019, ending his reign at 209 days.
Kenny Omega signed a four-year contract with All Elite Wrestling on February 7,2019.
Kenny Omega competed at the promotion's inaugural event, Double or Nothing, where he lost to Chris Jericho in the main event, after which both men were attacked by Jon Moxley.
Kenny Omega instead competed against Pac at All Out, where he was defeated.
At Impact Wrestling's Rebellion pay-per-view in April 2021, Kenny Omega defeated Swann in a Winner Takes All match to retain his AEW World Championship and win the Impact World Championship.
At Slammiversary, Kenny Omega defeated Sami Callihan in a no disqualification match to retain the Impact World Championship.
Kenny Omega took a hiatus from competing in November 2021 due to injuries.
Kenny Omega returned on the August 17,2022, episode of Dynamite as The Young Bucks' mystery partner in the inaugural AEW World Trios Championship tournament, where they defeated La Faccion Ingobernable in the first round.
Kenny Omega came out only to be attacked by the Blackpool Combat Club.
On January 4,2023 at Wrestle Kingdom 17; Kenny Omega defeated Ospreay to win the title for the second time.
Kenny Omega named his finishing maneuver the One-Winged Angel and the running knee strike he employs as a signature maneuver the V-Trigger ; integrated the Hadouken attack from the Street Fighter series as a signature move; and used of variations of Mega Man antagonist Dr Wily's theme music as entrance themes.
Kenny Omega is close friends with fellow professional wrestler and former tag team partner Michael Nakazawa.
Kenny Omega attends video game conventions during his spare time.