WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan recently spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard for an in-depth piece on Kenny Omega, which also contains quotes from Omega himself and other stars.
On Omega’s future and the possibility of him going to WWE, Hogan had the following to say.
“Kenny Omega is a different animal, he’s just such a special talent,” said Hogan. “He’s already a worldwide star. You have to know how to switch gears, and Kenny understands how to work the Japanese style, the American-Japanese style, and the American style.”
“Speaking from my own experience, when I wrestled there, I could have just stayed in Japan, never came to the United States, and my career would have been fine,” said Hogan. “Kenny can do the same thing, though I think the transition is going to be a little easier with him. People in America can pretty much watch, in real time, his matches in Tokyo.
“The momentum he is building in Japan only adds to how big a star he could be here in the States. He is built up to headline Wrestle Kingdom, which he’s already done, or WrestleMania. He already has years of TV exposure, so he’s familiar to the domestic audiences here in the States, and you could put him in the main event of next year’s WrestleMania.”
“Would I love to see him go to the WWE?” asked Hogan. “Yes. Would I love to see him be used correctly? Yes. If he ever got lost in the mix, it would be a sad, sad story. But if there is a chance to sign him, Vince McMahon could be the guy to take him to the next level. If you don’t touch on the WWE, your story is not complete. But rules are made to be broken, and Kenny is such a big star that he could be the one to change all that.
“Kenny is such a big star that he doesn’t need to sign in New York, but it would complete the story if he went and dominated and had a hell of a run in WWE.”
Omega also spoke at length about a possible WWE run, and below is what he had to say on why it is not a necessity:
“WWE was always the be-all, end-all, but now it’s changed so much that you can have your best years without WWE,” said Omega. “You don’t necessarily have to stress or worry about not having that ‘WrestleMania Moment.’ I used to hear that all the time when I was coming up in DDT. People found a measure of joy by saying, ‘You’ve never walked the ramp on Raw, so who the hell are you?’ I’m hearing a lot less of that. People are realizing the alternative can be just as good, if not better.”