At 36 years of age, it’s safe to say that Kenny Omega is a young up and comer no more. He’s now a world-traveled, world-renowned, and universally respected veteran of the craft who will go down as one of the greatest in-ring workers in the history of professional wrestling by the time his career is over, if he’s not there already.
One of the jobs of veterans in pro-wrestling is to put over younger talent because the business is a never-ending cycle. It’s like a soap opera that never ends, that keeps going on forever, and it is in constant need of new heroes, villains, anti-heroes, and all the characters in between. It’s also happens to be a soap opera that requires the actors to do their own stunts and do them live in front of fans, putting their bodies through immense pain almost every day, and nobody knows pain like Darby Allin.
Darby Allin is a rising star in the industry, with a truly compelling character and a haunting back story. He was intentionally homeless for three years. He’s a skateboarder, which he also uses in his act, with some of his stunts on a skateboard, in and out of the ring being quite extreme and gory. He puts his body through a lot, doing daring dives and taking sickening bumps that would do the Sabus and Mick Foleys of the world really proud. He covers half of his face in emo paint, apparently because he’s half-dead inside. His wrestling style is hardcore to the point of crazy and he wrestles that style almost every single week.
All this has made Darby Allin one of the most compelling and must-see characters on AEW. He’s become wrestling fans’ favorite goth kid. He’s become a babyface who puts his own life on the line for our entertainment, this skinny kid who’s seemingly immune to pain. Everyone can see great things for Darby in the future but he’s not quite there yet, what he needs is a rub or two from bigger stars to seriously be considered as a major player in AEW.
Now, by Omega putting Darby over, I don’t mean he should lose to him. After all, he is Kenny Omega, the ace of the company, he shouldn’t lose much. What I’m talking about is a star-making performance for Darby Allin against one of the very best in the business. All Kenny needs to do is what “Le Champion” Chris Jericho did so well back when he was the AEW World Champion. He made everyone he was in the ring with feel like a massive deal without losing to them, and according to me, Omega can do that even better than Jericho.
Chris Jericho, as good as he was, was 49 years old at the time and wasn’t as good in the ring as he used to be. Kenny Omega, however, is in his prime. He still is the Best Bout Machine just waiting to be unleashed in the singles division. He’s capable of wrestling at a blinding pace and make anyone he’s in the ring with look like diamonds. He’s also not afraid of wrestling the hardcore style, as his violent fight to near-death against Jon Moxley at Full Gear has proved.
A feud between Omega and Allin with an unsanctioned match here and a last man standing there promises to be a spectacle that would elevate Darby to mythic heights and add more feathers in Omega’s already fluttering cap.