IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega spoke with New Japan Pro Wrestling about Hiroshi Tanahashi, who holds the Tokyo Dome title opportunity from winning this year’s G1 Climax. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
“The thing is, I know that New Japan at that time, they don’t want to have to use me as their main event star, as their number one of course they don’t, look at the way they pushed Tanahashi. They still call that old f—er, ‘The Ace.’ He’ll still appear on TV, he has a movie in Japan, it’s embarrassing. Absolutely f—— embarrassing. But they do understand, hey guess what this is a business, we need money and the American fans aren’t stupid. They understand what a good match is. They understand who is able to give the best matches.
“It’s not because I’m the greatest athlete in wrestling. Because I can create emotion and I can create a memory and because Tanahashi could never f——- do that. Really Tanahashi belongs in the WWE. He can be the next Roman Reigns. So, don’t think for a second that’s New Japan style. What Tanahashi should do is f—— thank me because you actually think a Tanahashi main event could ever go to America? You never could. You can go to America once, because it’s an interesting name, its’s a novelty for New Japan to come to America. Do you think if you put Tanahashi and Billy Gunn as a main event do you think he could ever come back? Of course not. So, with this worldwide movement, with the boost in numbers for New Japan World, somebody should tell this a–hole to think about business.”