Amidst rumors about his future, former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega has confirmed he’s taking time away from NJPW.
Omega told Tokyo Sports he’s stepping away for an unspecified period of time during an interview which took place after his Wrestle Kingdom 13 loss to Hiroshi Tanahashi.
According to a translation from NJPW announcer Chris Charlton, Omega said:
“There is no real place for me to fit, so it’s best for me not to be in (NJPW). I can’t be there working under Tanahashi. I don’t think he’s surpassed me, don’t think he’s better. If we can, I want to face him again. But I need time away, and not just from New Japan.”
In regards to his future … Omega made it clear that he could go to WWE or All Elite Wrestling, the upstart promotion being launched by his friends.
“If I go to WWE, the fans there will be pleased, and the fans there will be pleased if I go to AEW,” he explained. “I want to be in a place where Kenny is going to be happy.”