Rocky Romero on Kenny Omega’s importance to NJPW, the company running shows in the United States


New Japan Pro Wrestling wrestler Rocky Romero spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News and was asked about the importance of Kenny Omega remaining with the company. “I think in 2016, Kenny was vital to the expansion but now, after Wrestle Kingdom, I think that he’s the guy,” stated Romero. “He’s the key. I think that New Japan knows that and I think that he is the key to the success that New Japan will have in 2017 and 2018 with their expansion. Okada is up there too but I think he’s the key.”

Romero was also asked about NJPW running live events in the United States. “There’s all this hype and focus on New Japan Pro Wrestling as a whole and it’s like what have we discovered here from a whole new fan base,” he said. “I think that’s exciting because in 2017, obviously, New Japan is moving forward in expanding and they’re coming here to L.A. to the Long Beach Convention Center July 1st and 2nd and who’s going to be at the forefront of that? Okada and Kenny Omega. Those are the guys who broke a barrier. It’s cool to see that happen.” Read the full interview at

Powell’s POV: Romero also spoke about the Omega vs. Okada main event and noted that he didn’t know who was going to win and his overall reaction to the acclaimed match. Romero also addressed his own match at Wrestle Kingdom where he teamed with Trent Barreta to defeat the Young Bucks for the IWGP Jr. Tag Titles.


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