By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
AEW wrestler Kenny Omega spoke with Gamespot.com and was asked what lessons he learned from the Double Or Nothing pay-per-view. “I mean, you really have to take a look at the good and the bad, the positives and negatives, and you have to be very constructively critical about your own performance,” Omega said. “Now that we’re essentially running the show, we have to be critical about what we can improve moving forward. So for me, I’m a real tough critic of myself. And, so, I unfortunately always look at what can we improve moving forward. So, for me, some production issues. We can clean up some of the camera work. Some of the audio issues. I didn’t like that I could barely hear my theme music. You know what I mean? But these are things that are such an easy fix. The things that we got right, were actually the hardest things on the show to get it right. We gave a full show, from start to finish, that looked completely different from start to finish. No one match appeared similar to one another.”
Omega also spoke highly of Jon Moxley joining AEW and noted that WWE didn’t show what was special about him, but added that their match at All Out is a test. “I don’t want him to think that he’s going to get a free ride, ” Omega said of Moxley. “You can talk the best game in the world. You can. You can brawl like the best of them. But the fact of the matter is, I made my name by being the best. I made my name by having the greatest 20-minute matches, 30-minute matches, 60-minute matches, and I’ve shown that I can do it in all styles of professional wrestling. Now, finally, he has the platform to show if he can be that multifaceted tool. So this is going to be the grandest stage for him, and this is going to be the biggest test for him as well. Yes, he can brawl. Yes, he can talk. But now, can he wrestle? Now, can he win? Now, can he fight? Now, can he have the type of performances that AEW is going to command from him? This is the real test.” Read the full interview at Gamespot.com.
Powell’s POV: Omega nailed it with his push for the Moxley match. One of the things that appeals to me about the matchup is seeing how Moxley will perform in a match against one of the best workers in the world when fans will be expecting a high quality performance. Omega also spoke about the Joshi talent, his love of gaming and how that ultimately led to Fyter Fest, and more.
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