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Was Kenny Omega Close To Being Ready For AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door?

AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door is in the rearview mirror, and while Kenny Omega wasn’t a part of the pay-per-view, All Elite fans may be wondering how close The Best Bout Machine was to competing. One of the OG members of the AEW roster, Omega hasn’t wrestled since Full Gear last year, where he dropped the World Championship to Hangman Adam Page after a lengthy and intricate build.

He took time off to heal up from numerous issues. Omega underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee and handled a sports hernia, among other things. A clear timeline on his potential return has never really ever been available, and he’s spoken recently about how rejoining AEW on the road probably caused more stress to his recovery process than necessary.

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In the most recent edition of the Wrestling News Observer, Dave Meltzer shared several notes on Omega and his current status. While breaking down all the injuries that plagued the Forbidden Door show, the longtime insider wrote that “Omega was nowhere near ready.” Meltzer also went into detail about how The Cleaner could return to television, writing the following: “There is no timetable on Omega right now, but his return should be significant, although he will get a babyface reaction and then probably want to go against it and stay a heel. That’s a tough one because he’d be bigger as a face at least at first coming back and you’d be fighting your audience. But Omega & Don Callis is a heel act.

Omega, for his part, made waves earlier in the week during one of CEO Gaming’s Twitch streams. He detailed how difficult the rehabilitation process has been, and stated that if he ever got hurt like this again, he’d be done with wrestling. He stated that if he comes back at less than what people expect—which is unrealistic anyway—then he would face ridicule. That’s a tough spot to be in mentally, especially when traveling the mostly lonely path of rehabbing from major injuries and surgeries. It’s impossible to read minds, but watching the company he helped start (AEW) square off against a company he helped put on the map in North America (NJPW ) in a co-branded pay-per-view couldn’t have been easy.

His health comes before all else, and hopefully, Omega is at a point where he doesn’t feel rushed to return to action. AEW has a deep roster, and injuries to the likes of Omega, Bryan Danielson, CM Punk, and Adam Cole create opportunities for wrestlers like Orange Cassidy, Toni Storm, Thunder Rosa, and Wardlow to get bigger pushes.

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Source: Wrestling News Observer

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