Exclusive: Kenny Omega Interview


Via The Inquisitr

It's rare to enter a foreign country as an outsider and grow into one of the country's own, but New Japan Pro Wrestling's (NJPW) Kenny Omega has done so while becoming pro wrestling's version of a video game character.

Among the moves and concepts Omega has incorporated into his act include a double palm thrust to his opponent's chest that he calls the Hadouken, taken from Street Fighter. Also, Omega's current gimmick of “The Cleaner” was directly inspired by combining Neo from The Matrix and Albert Wesker from Resident Evil. Additionally, Omega has performed Zangief's Ultra from Ultimate Street Fighter 4 and wears the shades that Marion Cobretti wore in the 1986 Sylvester Stallone film, Cobra. 

While that entire persona and the antics have gotten Omega extremely popular in Japan – where he lives full-time and fluently speaks the language -- it's always a concern that the American audience won't be as receptive to his shtick.

 Listen to the interview below:

Mark Suleymanov

Over the past half decade, Mark has covered sports and New York City with bylines appearing in The Inquisitr News, GiveMeSport, Fansided, SB Nation, Scout, and numerous other publications. 

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