Kenny Omega vs. Brock Lesnar
Credit for this idea goes to Josiah MacDonald, our resident Merick Rowan expert. These two veterans of NJPW have had incredibly different careers to this point, but both are arguably among the best “professional wrestlers” in the world, even if for wildly different reasons.
Kenny Omega is a world-traveled, bust-your-butt-every-weekend kind of wrestler. At most points in his career, Omega worked for multiple wrestling promotions — DDT, ROH, PWG, NJPW, etc. — before the formation of AEW. He’s also firmly established himself as a king of big match wrestling, earning numerous ratings of 5+ stars throughout his career.
More from Daily DDT
- It’s time for Adam Cole and MJF to drop the ROH tag team titles
- Tom Lawlor talks MLW return, AEW opportunity, CM Punk’s WWE return and more
- Eddie Kingston stands to gain the most from the AEW Continental Classic
- Trish Stratus on WWE NXT would help elevate that women’s division
- Randy Orton signs with SmackDown to go after The Bloodline
Brock Lesnar is little more than a hired mercenary, if we’re being honest. WWE needs a ratings boost? Bring in Brock. Trying to boost Network subscriptions? Put Brock in a main event. But Lesnar’s larger than life character and status as a “special attraction” has, for better or worse, made him one of the most important figures in the WWE landscape.
How might his match go down, were it to become a reality? There are two matches from the past few years that may provide a clue. First, at Survivor Series 2017, Lesnar defeated AJ Styles. It was a 15-minute barnburner, with Brock proving he could hang with a faster, arguably more talented opponent and still find a way to eke out a victory.
The other? Omega taking a loss to Tomohiro Ishii in the 2018 G1 Climax. It was dubbed the match of the tournament, and one of the top matches anywhere for the entire year. Much of the story involved Omega being the better athlete — he was faster and arguably more talented — but still eating a loss. Sound familiar?
I’m not saying Styles is a perfect avatar for Omega, nor is Lesnar a carbon copy of Ishii. But the comparisons are easy to draw because there are plenty of similarities there. To take a “best of” both those matches if Omega and Lesnar ever squared up could lead to another classic. Would Lesnar pick up another victory? Or could Omega learn from and avenge his loss to Ishii?
If you had to book a match featuring one wrestler each from AEW and WWE, what match would you come up with? Sound off in the comments below!