By Danny Picard
BOSTON — This weekend, SummerSlam takes over Brooklyn. Unfortunately for WWE fans, the best wrestler in the industry is still in Japan.
Barring some sort of dramatic surprise, “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega will be watching SummerSlam on Sunday, just like the rest of us. The saddest part about it though, is that some people might be asking themselves right now, “Who the heck is Kenny Omega?”
For one, I just told you. He’s the best in the business. In the ring, on the mic, nobody in the wrestling world captivates your attention like Omega can. But if you’ve never seen or heard of him, I guess I can understand.
Omega is one of the biggest names in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). He currently holds the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship. He is also the leader of a popular group called “Bullet Club.”
To give you an idea of the road to stardom that Omega is on, previous leaders of “Bullet Club” include Finn Balor and, most recently, A.J. Styles, who’ve both made the jump to WWE and appear on Sunday’s card at SummerSlam.
“Bullet Club” resembles the nWo and Degeneration-X in ways that no other group has ever been able to accomplish. Problem is, their dominance takes place in Japan and sometimes in the smaller U.S. wrestling promotion called “Ring of Honor.”
At age 33, Omega is in his prime. He’s proven that by becoming the first non-Japanese wrestler to win NJPW’s grueling “G1 Climax” tournament last year, which gave him a title shot against IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Kingdom — NJPW’s version of WrestleMania.
Again, if you have no idea what any of that means, I understand. My point is that, New Japan Pro Wrestling has had no choice but to give Omega the major push he deserves. His talent demands it.