Kenny Omega is running full steam ahead into 2021 and if his new year looks like these last few moments then he’s set up for a massive new year.
Momentum ebbs and flows. Just like in “real” professional sports, the same can be said about the sports entertainment or professional wrestling industry. Kenny Omega’s last few weeks have shown just how quickly momentum can shift from one direction to another. He has gone from being an individual that some were complaining as being booked like he is “just another guy,” to turning wrestling on its head. It is like he is on a one-man quest to remind everyone how fun wrestling should be and if these last few weeks mean anything, his 2021 is going to be a hell of a ride.
Kenny Omega’s split from Adam “Hangman” Page was just the start. Fans and wrestling media members where begging for the return of The Cleaner in some form, as to many his booking in All Elite Wrestling had knocked him down a beg. Whether that is correct or not is not even in the discussion anymore. Instead, all the talk around Omega is about what he has been able to do in these last few weeks and what the future looks like as the industry heads into a 2021 that will at least start in a state as uncertain as much of 2020.
This past weekend Omega appeared in two segments in two different promotions. Neither one of them was AEW. First, he had a segment during Impact Wrestling’s Final Resolution PPV. Since winning the title from Jon Moxley on AEW Dynamite, Omega’s presence on Impact has created some of the most-talked about moments in wrestling since the start of AEW a little more than a year ago. That is a still developing story as reports talk about situations being a one-off, while also speculating about further opportunities to work together or with other brands in the industry.
Then, a few hours later, a match between Omega and Laredo Kid for the AAA Mega Title tore down the hose at AAA TripleMania XXVIII. For nearly thirty minutes they wowed everyone watching on YouTube. By the end of it, Omega and Kid left viewers shaking their heads in awe. This past weekend was packed full of must-see action, without either WWE or AEW in the mix. But still, fans were talking about Omega and that is a special type of impact that cannot be taken lightly.
With less than three weeks left in 2020, there is a lot to look forward to in 2021 for professional wrestling. The return of fans, traveling shows and full rosters are just some of things that the industry is hoping occurs in the coming months. But Kenny Omega’s surging stock is quietly pushing its way up the list. It was not up for debate, but his current run quickly reminded the industry that he is amongst the best both in and out of the ring. The new year is going to be one to watch for Kenny Omega and anyone that is involved with this momentous run.