Jim Cornette has commented on Kenny Omega and Will Ospreay’s Wrestle Kingdom classic but thinks neither man will ever be a major star in the United States.
At Wrestle Kingdom 17, Kenny Omega returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling for the first time in four years to challenge Will Ospreay for the IWGP United States Championship.
In a critically acclaimed bout, Omega dethroned Ospreay for the gold to become a two-time IWGP US Champion, leaving the door open for the AEW star to return to Japan in the future.
Now speaking on his Experience podcast, Jim Cornette discussed the bout and explained why it was the right match for the NJPW audience, but that neither man will ever be considered a major star in the US on the level of Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, or John Cena:
“So each of them, they’re probably in the best place for them in the whole world right there. Because New Japan has fostered this environment, the ominous music, the big entrances, they’re somewhat protected over there from doing really stupid sh*t probably. Because why would Kenny do so much goofy or stupid sh*t over here and not there unless they don’t let him do it there, and he works harder there.”
“So neither one of these guys mentally or physically is ever going to main event WrestleMania or be a major level star of the level of Lesnar, Reigns, Cena, whatever the f*ck in the United States.”
“But it works there with that presentation so I can understand why the people that like that kind of wrestling would like them there. But you know, again, it just ruins everything for everybody else. These two f*cking self-indulgent a**holes going out there and killing every goddamn move and finish ever. But if they’re gonna let them do it, but there’s a limited audience for this kind of style, and AEW has got all of them already. And Kenny has never even been the top guy in AEW.”
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