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Kenny Omega On Why He Wanted A 2 Out Of 3 Falls Match, What Is The Secret To Winning & What Ibushi Means To Him

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Kenny Omega recently spoke with New Japan Pro Wrestling ahead of his highly anticipated Dominion match against Kazuchika Okada. Below are some highlights of the interview.

Why he wanted a 2 out of 3 falls match:


“First of all, you’ve got to think back, why is Okada asking for a no time limit match? To me, that’s an insult, Okada has come to the point where you know what, ‘I’m going t give myself a handicap.’ He’s challenging me to a match with no time limit even though he knows I have more stamina, now I am a  fair man and the last thing I want to hear are excuses. I don’t want Okada or any of his fans to say ‘Hey Kenny, you won, you’re the champ, but Okada allowed you to win it with that 60-minute time limit,’ so that’s why I wanted to make it fair.”

What is the secret to winning?

“I know the secret to this match, and the secret is in the first fall, I won’t let you take it. If you think it will be a 10 minutes here, 15 there and a 5-minute stretch and we are going home, it’s not going to happen. I won’t be giving you a first free fall if I need a little rest, I am going to take the first fall and control the pace. When that match gets long and we are coming near 40 minutes, 50 minutes and I need just one more fall, you are not going to have the energy to get your first fall. The secret is in the first fall, and if I take that first fall, Okada, you’re done.”

His feelings on Kota Ibushi:

“I thought that he stood for everything that I hated and everything I wanted to destroy, both the man himself and what he was inside of me. Then I realized it wasn’t the feeling at all and it was something that I needed to embrace. All of my best performances have all been ones that have come from the heart, so why would I shut something away that is still so near and dear to me? Ibushi was that he is that and always will be, I have realized that moving forward I am much stronger as a person and as a human being with him by my side. For the first time in a long time, I have had a training partner and someone to help me formulate a game plan for Okada. I am not saying I am arriving at this arena with a bunch of new moves, but I am saying this version of Kenny Omega might be the most prepared and a big part of that is that I have let someone back into my life that I cared about and that I loved.”

Please, H/T ProWrestling.com for any quotes used.

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NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/23): New Champions Crowned, Tenzan Returns

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling continued the build to The New Beginning in Nagoya on Saturday with one of the more eventful Road To shows in recent memory.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan returned to action for the first time since New Year Dash, where a post-match attack from The Empire saw him leave the arena on a stretcher. Tenzan reunited with longtime partner Satoshi Kojima but was unable to score a tag team win over his attacks. He faces Great O-Khan on January 30 in Nagoya.


2020 Super J-Cup winner El Phantasmo and his Bullet Club partner Taiji Ishimori recaptured the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the main event.

El Desperado and Kanemaru won the titles last September at the end of a tournament. Prior to that, the belts were left vacant when YOH of Roppongi 3K, one half of the champions at the time, suffered a torn ACL.

NJPW Road to the New Beginning Results
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Ota City Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

— DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki def. Gedo & Jado

6-Man Tag Team Match: CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) def. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

— Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay def. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima

10-Man Elimination Tag Team Match: Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi & Master Wato & SHO & Tomoaki Honma def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA & Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito)

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title Match: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori def. El Desperado (c) & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) | NEW CHAMPIONS! 

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NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/18): Hiroshi Tanahashi & Master Wato vs BUSHI & Shingo Takagi

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The Road to The New Beginning tour continued on Monday with the second of eight shows heading into Nagoya on January 30. This was largely the same card as Sunday in the same building, with a few minor tweaks.

Kojima teamed with a different Young Lion but was still unsuccessful against The Empire. The second match featured the same stars with the outcome reversed, and the third match was exactly the same.


Tanahashi & SHO swapped places, as did Shingo & Hiromu in the final two matches to continue their respective programs. Master Wato is 2-0 in main events on this tour so far.

NJPW Road to The New Beginning Results
January 18, 2021
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

— Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay def. Satoshi Kojima & Yuya Uemura

— Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) def. Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Gedo & Jado & Taiji Ishimori)

— CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) def. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

— Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) def. Kota Ibushi & SHO & Tomoaki Honma

— Hiroshi Tanahashi & Master Wato def. BUSHI & Shingo Takagi

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NJPW Road To The New Beginning Results (1/17): BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi vs Master Wato & SHO

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling kicked off their annual New Beginning tour on Sunday in Korakuen Hall. It was a quick and easy five-match Road To card featuring tag team bouts previewing some of the advertised main events for the big shows on 1/30 in Nagoya, and 2/10-11 in Hiroshima.

NJPW Road to The New Beginning Results
January 17, 2021
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan


— Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay def. Satoshi Kojima & Yota Tsuji

— Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Gedo & Jado & Taiji Ishimori) def. Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

— CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii) def. Bullet Club (Dick Togo & EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi)

— Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA & Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma

— Master Wato & SHO def. BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi

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