Things were nearly much worse for Kenny Omega.
On December 15th, Kenny Omega announced that he would be out of the ring “indefinitely” after being admitted to hospital. It was later revealed that the star had been diagnosed with diverticulitis.
Reporting in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that Omega had been in pain for “some time” and miserable for weeks. Despite this, Omega believed the issues would pass and put stomach bloating down to tinkering with his diet.
Meltzer added that had the condition gone undiagnosed, Omega could have got a blood infection, which would have only given him a 50/50 chance of survival.
“At the 12/13 show in Arlington, TX, the pain was very clear backstage and after doing his promo ended up in the hospital where he got the diagnosis. He was told when diagnosed that he was very lucky he went in because the situation could have been catastrophic, such as getting a blood infection, if he wasn’t diagnosed at the time he was, which would have something like a 50 percent chance of death.”
Kenny Omega Making Positive Progress
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer revealed that Omega is doing better, but still faces a long road to recovery. The news of his illness has already impacted AEW creative plans with Omega and Chris Jericho set to challenge for the World Tag Team Titles — a match that has now been scrapped.